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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

A Little Fun With St. Benedict

Today was one of those days when the saints were on our side!  Don't you just love this type of day to boost your spirit when you've been feeling out of touch? I've missed talking more about the lives of our church heroes in the midst of lax and/or busy summer schedules.  Well, things just lined up perfectly to have a little summer fun with St. Benedict on his feast day, today.
Monica from Arma Dei posted this neat craft idea last night that started my wheels turning.  I just love all the meaning behind the Benedictine Cross so we planned for morning Mass and some fun St. Benedict learning, crafting and lunch! Be sure to check out her site for easy instructions and a free printable.
We wrapped our foil around a sheet of foam as Lacy suggested in her Miraculous Medal craft.  We want to try that one next:)  Thank you Monica and Lacy for these easy and fun ways to celebrate our faith!

The 3 youngers really enjoyed making the crafty medals and learning about the meaning of this powerful Sacramental to ward off Satan and the spirits of darkness.
St. Benedict had a profound veneration for the Holy Cross and for our Savior Crucified.  His story was inspirational to our whole family.
My favorite part of the medal is the vertical beam of the Cross...
Crux Sacra Sit Mihi Lux
(May the holy Cross be for me a light)
and the horizontal beam...
Non Draco Sit Mihi Dux
(Let not the dragon be my guide)
Did I mention St. Benedict was from Italy?  Hence the idea for lunch...A little "Pizza Italy!"
We just designed a Benedictine Cross out of olives on a Take-and-Bake cheese pizza.  So easy and the kids loved it! I shared more about this over at Catholic Cuisine.  Be sure to pop over there for a visit:)
Reflecting on this quote from St. Benedict...
"Listen and attend with the ear of your heart."
St. Benedict, please pray for us!


  1. Great job, mama!! Wonderful ways to celebrate a wonderful feast. I saw the medal instructions earlier but we didn't have time to do it today. And I pinned your pizza...
    Next year for us! God bless!

    1. Thanks for the affirmation, Melody! It's not always an easy feat for us Mamas to get these things accomplished, is it?;-)

  2. Thanks for linking up to my St Benedict medal craft! I love how yours turned out...and your pizza too! I'm not sure that the printable link works? Maybe you could send it to Equipping Catholic Families...

    as well!

    Thanks Tiffany!

    1. Thanks for checking the link, Monica. You were right, it wasn't working! I think it's fixed now:) Thanks again for sharing your gifts!

  3. you are so creative Tiffany. I love this. His cross has so much meaning in it; thanks for the explanation. One of the quotes of St. Benedict that I love (from his Rule)is "Prefer nothing to the Love of Christ." God bless your day!

  4. These ideas are incredible! I'm going to add them to my liturgical binder and hopefully remember to do them next year with my son! :-D