They pray for us in our efforts; they’d love to pray for you, too!
We entrust all our efforts to the Blessed Mother. She always leads us to Jesus. On this journey toward Heaven, Mary is the guiding star that directs our ships.
These brothers emphasize our passion for whole-family catechesis. As Apostles, they were tasked with handing on the Faith and laying down their lives (sound familiar? 😉). Peter was our first pope, and we like the first head of the Church praying for us. And honestly, we knew we wanted Peter’s prayers, but Andrew wouldn’t leave us alone. He wanted in on this, and now he’s kind of our favorite.
Traditionally called Photine (or Photina or Photini), the woman at the well from John 4 was the one to whom Jesus first revealed Himself as the Messiah during His public ministry. An encounter with Christ changed everything for her—being known by Him transformed her. This encounter led her to tell others about Jesus.
Saint Perpetua was an early Christian mother and martyr. She was arrested after refusing to renounce her Faith and worship other gods. While imprisoned, her nursing infant was brought to her and she said being with him transformed the prison into a palace. During her martyrdom, she pinned up her disheveled hair. What a woman.
We love that Thomas wasn’t a great student at first, but now he’s taught the world. He’s the patron Saint of students, which all of us are alongside our children. His mind was brilliant, but even more so was his deep love for Jesus. We want our kids to know about Jesus; we also want them to know Him.
Little Li was a child martyr in China. When communists ransacked her local parish, they scattered Eucharistic hosts all over the ground. Little Li returned, every day, kneeling and receiving one host at a time off the ground with the greatest reverence. On the day she came to receive the last host, she was shot. Fun fact: the story of Little Li inspired the priestly vocation of Venerable Fulton Sheen.
Need we explain? John Paul II’s emphasis on catechesis has been a gift to the Church. What he taught us about holiness is what the world needs. His widowed father exemplified contemplative prayer for the young Karol. He later called his father’s witness “the first home seminary.” He encouraged us to “be not afraid” and held an enormous reverence for mothers.