Monday, August 18, 2014

August 18: Saint Helena

St. Helena

History

Saint Helena was married to a Roman general, and her son was Constantine the Great, who became emperor of Rome in the year 312. Helena became a Christian, and so did Constantine. He gave her the freedom to do many acts of charity and also to go on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land to see where Jesus lived and to trace His journey with the Cross before He was crucified for our sins. While she was there, she found part of the True Cross that Jesus died on and brought it back to Rome to inspire other Christians. It can still be seen today at a Vatican museum.


Activity

Saint Helena had a deep appreciation for the sacrifice that Jesus made for our sins, which is why she wanted to go to the Holy Land. Even though most of us can't make that pilgrimage, there is a special devotion in the Church that is also a very wonderful experience, called Stations of the Cross. You can make your own Stations of the Cross booklet today with this downloadable booklet from Crusaders for Christ. 

Saint Helena, pray for us!

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