Let the St. Thomas Sun Shine

IMG_1228The feast day of St. Thomas Aquinas is on January 28th. He is one of my favorite saints!

There are some very easy ways to celebrate this great saint. The sun is a symbol for St. Thomas, so we did our activities with this in mind.

Pope Pius XI once said the sun is the symbol of St. Thomas because, “he both brings the light of learning into the minds of men and fires their hearts and wills with the virtues.” I absolutely love that quote!

We used ABC cookie cutters to make the name St. Thomas and then we fashioned a sun out of the cookie dough. We chose to use yellow frosting since it is the color of the sun and it so bright and cheery! This activity also helps with spelling.

I purchased these cookie cutters from Williams-Sonoma. You can get a mini-set here. Mine are larger, but it does not appear that Williams-Sonoma carry them anymore.

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The next activity is very easy and does not take much time, but we found it to be very enriching!

David made a sun out of yellow paper and as a family, one night after dinner, we discussed the gifts and virtues of St. Thomas. We talked about his purity, intellect, faith, humility, writing ability, etc. We also discussed how God gave him many gifts and he used them to glorify God We, too, have gifts and talents, and we’re called to use those gifts to glorify our Lord.

We then each wrote on the sun what we could do with our talents/gifts to glorify God. After we were finished, we hung our sun in our dining area. This was easy and such a rewarding activity for us!

IMG_1254Another year while celebrating this amazing saint, the children each made a sun out of paper plates (they used markers to color the paper plates yellow). Next we printed an icon of St. Thomas (we just went to Google images to find some) and glued it to our sun.

Younger children (see Patrick’s sun on the left) could write on their sun “St. Thomas Aquinas” and “Feast Day- January 28th.”

Older children could write a quote from St. Thomas.IMG_1249

For example, Claire wrote on her sun (seen on the right), “Happiness is secured through virtue; it is a good attained by man’s own will.” — St. Thomas Aquinas

I love this quote by him!

IMG_1258We also read the book pictured here called St. Thomas Aquinas: The Story of the Dumb Ox by Mary Fabyan Windeatt.

A great website to visit for more information about St. Thomas Aquinas is Catholic Culture.

St. Thomas Aquinas, pray for us!

 

Comments

  1. David Bereit says:

    This is awesome!! I am SO proud of you, Margaret! Thanks for growing our saints! 🙂

  2. Welcome to the blogosphere! I always hoped you’d join in the fun!

  3. Fr. Mike Sis says:

    Thanks for sharing these great ideas. I hope you ate the cookies.

  4. Great ideas as usual!

  5. Hi, Margaret. Wow, thank you for creating this space to share your inspiration, creativity, and faith. You’re always so generous with your time, ideas, and love. I know this blog will benefit many. Write on! 🙂

  6. Thanks, Margaret, for sharing your ideas! Please keep them coming!

  7. Beverly Kloesel says:

    YAY! I am so excited to have this blog available as a resource. Our family has always enjoyed celebrating our rich Church with fun, hands-on activities. I appreciate that these are very do-able ideas and that you offer suggestions for different-aged children. Thank you for sharing your time and talent to inspire others. We look forward to future posts!

  8. Truly inspirational Margaret! Thank you for stepping out in faith and sharing your Holy Spirit inspired ideas so that all of us can work to build the domestic Church!

  9. Yay, Margaret! So glad to have you in the blog world! 🙂

  10. Danya Ivory says:

    Great job Margaret! I love the book lists and the sweet smiling faces!

  11. Thanks, Margaret! I love your ideas. This will be a wonderful resource for me as I teach my children. God bless you!

  12. I finally have a place to go to look up your great ideas. I have been waiting for this!!! Great job and love the pics of your future saints.

  13. yay margaret! so awesome to have all your ideas in one handy place to visit. this is fabulous 🙂

  14. So happy you have decided to blog! Look forward to following it. Thanks for all the great ideas.

  15. Beautiful website, Margaret! This is a gem for moms!

  16. sarah curtis says:

    I read that same book with my boys when I home schooled. What great ideas! I am so proud of you Margaret…using your talents right here to glorify the Lord! 🙂

  17. Christine says:

    Cannot tell you how excited I am that you’ve started a blog to help other families live out our Catholic faith. Encore! I want more! Feed me! 😀 Thank you for doing this.

  18. Yea, Margaret!

    So excited to visit your blog! You have so many neat ideas to share! LOVE them!

  19. April Mahfood says:

    This is Shawn’s sister, April! Thank you Margaret! Our family loves incorporating food into our saints’ feast days! Thanks for taking the time to share & help us live the liturgical calendar in our homes!!

  20. Patrick Bereit says:

    That’s so great, Mommy! 🙂

  21. Congrats on getting your blog up! I hope you enjoy having it!

  22. Nice job, Margaret! Your enthusiasm and love of the faith shines through (like the sun!!!)! Thanks for the inspiration that is your M.O.! Congrats on taking the leap to post!

  23. Amber Dolle says:

    I’m SO glad you have started this blog! I have been using your ideas for years!! 🙂 We still have our St. Thomas Aquinas sun plates hanging in our dining room from last January. The boys love this craft!
    Love you!
    Amber

  24. Congrats! Very impressive!

  25. Tricia Davis says:

    Great job, Margaret! This is fabulous! Thanks for your sharing your wonderful ideas! 🙂

  26. So excited to read about your terrific ideas! Thank you, Margaret!

  27. Margaret,
    Finally, the world of blog gets to see all the ideas you have so graciously shared all these years! It is beautiful like everything you do and I love seeing God in action through your family. Thank you to all the Bereit’s for sharing Margaret with us and God Bless you all! Can’t wait for the next post! Blessings, Beth

  28. Thanks for doing this Margaret!!!:)

  29. This is an awesome website! I love it!

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