Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Saint Francis of Assisi Free Coloring Page

Happy Saint Francis of Assisi's Feast Day!

Click to download.

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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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Free Saint Patrick Coloring Page [Printable]

March 17 is the feast day of Saint Patrick!

Enjoy a free coloring page. Here's a peek at it:

Click to download full-page printable.
Download a free coloring page of the Catholic saint here.

If you have access to the website, your kids and you can check out the Patrick: Brave Shepherd of the Emerald Isle video. You can also rent it from your local Catholic bookstore.

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