Thursday, November 16, 2017

Get Ready to Start Off a New Catholic Liturgical Year

Catholic Coloring Liturgical Calendar for 2017-2018
Catholic Liturgical Calendar to Color
A good friend of mine used to greet everyone on the first Sunday of Advent with a hearty, "Happy new year!"

Catholic friends always knew what he meant: The first Sunday of Advent also starts off the new liturgical season. (Everyone else just looked at him in bemusement.)

As Catholics, we begin our new year in the spirit of "preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas."

This year, December 3 launches us into a whole new year of Catholic feasts and fasts, celebrations that ask us to pray more and hope harder, to draw closer and deeper into our relationship with Jesus Christ ... and we Catholics unite in the prayers and feasts of the season, no matter where we are, all around the world.

When my husband was in RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) years ago, he was astonished that all Catholics followed the same calendar of celebration. "Everyone has the same Mass readings every day?" he asked in surprise. "And everyone in the whole world is listening to the same Gospel and prayers?"

That wonder he felt many years ago still resides in our home ... in me, in our children. It especially shines during Advent, when we excitedly put together our Advent wreath, fill up our little tabletop basket with the beautiful Magnificat Advent prayer books our parish gives our community, and place ourselves along the long journey of St. Joseph and Mary toward Bethlehem.

Advent, Christmas, Ordinary Time, Lent, Easter, Ordinary Time again ... then a new year begins once more on the first Sunday of Advent.
"Holy Mother Church believes that she should celebrate the saving work of her divine Spouse in a sacred commemoration on certain days throughout the course of the year. Once each week, on the day which she has called the Lord's Day, she keeps the memory of the Lord's resurrection. She also celebrates it once every year, together with his blessed Passion, at Easter, that most solemn of all feasts. In the course of the year, moreover, she unfolds the whole mystery of Christ. . . . Thus recalling the mysteries of the redemption, she opens up to the faithful the riches of her Lord's powers and merits, so that these are in some way made present in every age; the faithful lay hold of them and are filled with saving grace." (Catechism of the Catholic Church)
In preparation of the new liturgical year, I put together a downloadable (and affordable) Catholic Liturgical Calendar to Color 2018.

You may also want to grab this free Catholic feast day planning printable.

And remember to wish your Catholic friends a happy new year on December 3, 2017!

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Saint Francis of Assisi Free Coloring Page

Happy Saint Francis of Assisi's Feast Day!

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Note: You can download the free Saint Francis of Assisi coloring page here.

Saint Francis is credited for creating the Christmas creche, which Catholics have adopted into their homes, so I drew him thinking about plans for creating one.

(We tend to call ours the "nativity" but it's the same basic idea.)

Let us also take a moment to say his prayer of peace:

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace:
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy.

O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.


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Monday, August 14, 2017

Free Saint Maximilian Kolbe Coloring Page [Downloadable]

When you love someone deeply, you can find it difficult to focus on just certain aspects about him that you love. You want to talk about everything. It's not just this or that, but the entire collection of traits, the stories surrounding him, the feeling you get around him.

Likewise, I find it difficult to explain exactly what St. Maximilian Kolbe means to me. I'll just jot a few thoughts down then ...

Saint Max has been my Papa Kolbe since I was 12 and in dire need of a good, strong Catholic papa around. From the moment he entered my life during a homily at my Confirmation Mass, he has had a strong grip on me. A few times, I let go of him, but he always called after me to come back to the Church, come back to Christ, love Mary ...

I'm a practicing Catholic today, no doubt, because of his strong intercession.

In his earthly life, St. Max wrote, taught, preached, and lived his faith with a profound sense of charity, sacrifice, and humility. To learn about him is to learn how to pray more deeply and to surrender in the smaller sacrifices of the everyday.

St. Maximilian Kolbe is a patron saint known for this supreme act of sacrifice. At Auschwitz, he stepped out from the line of prisoners to tell a Nazi guard that Max would take the place of a prisoner sentenced to die.

But that sacrifice came from years and years of smaller, hidden sacrifices. "Let us remember that love lives through sacrifice and nourished by giving," he wrote. "Without sacrifice, there is no love."
No doubt that he continues to teach us how to love and prays for all God's children. May we learn from his example and strive to serve Christ more lovingly and more sacrificially.

If you'd like to download my free coloring page of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, feel free to do so!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Current Project: 12 Apostles Coloring Book

The recent feast of Pentecost made me think about the 12 apostles... And so, I've been working on a 12 apostles coloring book. It's still in progress, but I hope to finish it within a week or so. Here's a sneak peek at St. Jude (not Judas). I wonder whether he went around introducing himself like that, "Yes, I'm Jude. NOOOOOO, not JudAS. No, no. I'm Jude... Jude Thaddeus, if you will." Ah, the things one thinks about as one draws...

Friday, April 14, 2017

Good Friday 2017

"We adore you and we bless you, Lord Jesus Christ, here and in all the churches which are in the whole world, because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.” (St. Francis of Assisi)
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