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For a list of hundreds of patrons, saints who are venerated as special intercessors before God, click here».
Most patrons — often for occupations of special needs — have been so designated as the result of popular devotion and long-standing custom. In many cases, the fact of existing patronal devotion is clear despite historical obscurity regarding its origin.
By Sister Janet Schaeffler, O.P.
Oct. 7 — Luke 17:5-10: JESUS TALKS ABOUT SERVANTHOOD. Describe someone who lives by faith. Why do you describe them that way? Do you have some questions about faith? How could we find answers? How can we increase our life of faith as a family? Write a prayer together asking for your faith to continue to grow. Place it on your dinner table and pray each evening. Have we ever taken our faith for granted? How can we be sure that we don’t do that in the future? Is faith about facts or about a having a friendship with a person?
Oct. 14 — Luke 17:11-19: JESUS HEALS THE 10 LEPERS. How would you have felt if you were in this Gospel story? Who are the people in our lives that we take for granted and forget to thank? Who are the people in our lives to whom we should be most grateful? When did we last thank them? What four things are you grateful for this week? Together write God a thank you letter.
Oct. 21 — Luke 18:1-8: JESUS TALKS ABOUT PRAYING ALWAYS. Is it difficult for you to wait? To be patient? To stay with something? To stay with God in prayer? Is there something that’s difficult for you to stick to right now? What would help us to stay with it or not give up? When is it easy to pray? When is it difficult? What helps you to pray?
Oct. 28: Luke 18:9-14: THE PHARISEE AND THE TAX COLLECTOR AT PRAYER. Do we ever think some people are better than others? When? Who? This week, look everyone in the eye and thank them, especially people who serve you: people in stores, restaurants, etc. Are there times in your life that you boast? What do you boast about? How do you feel when you boast? Do you think you’re like the Pharisee or the tax collector? When? Why? What kind of prayer do we pray?
Here are links to websites mentioned in the October calendar.
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