Monday, December 2, 2013

December 2: St. Bibiana


St. Bibiana by Gian Lorenzo Bernini
Image by WikiPaintings

History

We don’t know much about St. Bibiana because she lived so long ago and for such a short time. Her dad was a Roman knight, but he and her mom were both killed during Emperor Flavian’s attack on Christians. Bibiana and her sister, Demetria, not only lost their parents – everything the family owned was taken away from them, leaving the two young women very, very poor. They stayed in their house with nothing to eat, but because they were full of faith in God, they turned their hunger into fasting and prayer.

Activity

Bibiana and her sister knew that Jesus loved them, and they loved Him so much that even when things were awful, they wanted to fast and pray. Fasting isn’t a good idea for children, but you can do a mini-fast by giving up your afternoon snack. You might get really, really hungry before supper, but that will be a good reminder to pray for somebody you care about.

Saint Bibiana, pray for us!

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