The bridge's construction was inspired by Saint Bénézet, a shepherd boy from the hamlet of Villard in the Ardèche, who while tending his flock heard the voice of Jesus asking him to build a bridge across the river. Although he was ridiculed at first, he dramatically "proved" his divine inspiration by miraculously lifting a huge block of stone. He won support for his project and formed a Bridge Brotherhood to oversee its construction. After his death, he was interred on the bridge itself, in a small chapel standing on one of the bridge's surviving piers on the Avignon side.
This young woman who died at the age of 26, is the patron saint of students and pharmacists. She also SAW her guardian angel during her life. What a gift! And what a great story to be able to share with our children!
"I wish, oh Jesus, that my voice could reach to the ends of the world, to call all sinners and tell them to enter into Thy Heart....Oh, if only all sinners would come to Thy Heart!... Come! Come sinners, do not be afraid! The sword of Justice cannot reach you Here!"
Have you had a broken bone? Children had one? Did you know that there's a saint for that? St. Stanislaus Kostka is remembered on April 11 and he was the first Pole to be canonized (St. John Paul II was another.)
“We never give more honour to Jesus than when we honour his Mother, and we honour her simply and solely to honour him all the more perfectly. We go to her only as a way leading to the goal we seek - Jesus, her Son.”
Saint Louis Marie de Montfort, True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, #94
Activities / Suggestions
-Activity Suggestions (www.CatholicCulture.org)
-Craft from Catholic Icing - using Popsicle sticks
-"Jesus, Jesus, Jesus" - print this and cut the little prayers out. Leave in places to remind you to pray the prayer. Cardstock is best. I have one taped to the laptop I am typing on right now (couple of years old)!
-If you don't already, try to remember to bow your head every time the name Jesus is spoken - a traditional, pius tradition of the Church.
Play "Red Light, Green Light" but use "In the Name of Jesus" variation
2666 But the one name that contains everything is the one that the Son of God received in his incarnation: JESUS. The divine name may not be spoken by human lips, but by assuming our humanity The Word of God hands it over to us and we can invoke it: "Jesus," "YHWH saves." The name "Jesus" contains all: God and man and the whole economy of creation and salvation. To pray "Jesus" is to invoke him and to call him within us. His name is the only one that contains the presence it signifies. Jesus is the Risen One, and whoever invokes the name of Jesus is welcoming the Son of God who loved him and who gave himself up for him.