for a fun activity page about St. Emilie de Rodat.
Emilie de Rodat was born in 1787. As a child in France, she
lived with her grandmother. She really liked going to school because she liked learning.
When Emilie grew up, she became a teacher and taught at the same school she
went to as a child.
Emilie was a caring person who knew that all children should
be able to go to school. She started teaching children living in poverty to
read, write, and have faith in God. She also helped people who were sick and
visited people who were elderly and alone.
Emilie entered three religious communities, but that did not
work out. She trusted in God and prayed each day for God to show her the way. In
1816 she started an order that today is an international organization called
the Sisters of the Holy Family of Saint Emilie.
Sharing God’s Love
Emilie shared God’s love with others. She
knew that God has a purpose for each of us. She found hers in serving people
who live in poverty. She died of cancer in 1852. Her example reminds us that we
are to seek God’s purpose for our lives and live it each day.
What Can We Do?
talk about prayer. Saint Emilie said, “In all our difficulties, our great
resource ought to be prayer.” Let’s talk about what this means. Why is prayer
important? Does prayer help us know that God is always with us?
make hearts to remember to love others the way St. Emilie did. We can each cut
out a red heart and decorate it with heart stickers and take it home. When we
see our heart at home, we will remember to share God’s love with others.
* Let’s talk
about how we can help children at school, the way St. Emilie did. We can make a
list of ideas: assist a younger child with a project; invite another child to
eat lunch with us; help a child choose a book in the library. What else?
Lord Jesus, we honor St. Emilie for her faith in you even
when times were difficult. Help us to trust you in all things. May we look for
ways to serve others in our lives the way that St. Emilie did in her life. Amen.
Patricia Mathson has
many years’ experience in faith formation as a DRE and holds a MRE degree from
the University of Dallas. She is the children’s ministry coordinator at Hope
Family Center in Des Moines, IA. She is the author of many books including Plant
the Seed: Sharing the Gospel with Children (Liguori