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Friday, March 4, 2011

A Saint for Today - St. Casimir

St. Casimir
Today is the feast day of St. Casimir - patron saint of Poland and Lithuania.  When I was a member of the Pennsylvania National Guard, we had several members of the Lithuania armed forces come to train with us during our annual summer training.  They were a fun and jovial bunch of officers and upper enlisted men.  Upon leaving they presented us with little stick pins that had symbols of Lithuania on them - - one was of a hill with many crosses on it.  Called the "Hill of Crosses" it is in eastern Lithuania. 

Picture of Hill of Crosses from Wikipedia

Pope John Paul II visited this site as well.  You can find a lot of information on the web.  To celebrate St. Casimir's Feast Day, there are many traditions in Lithuania.  One tradition is baking honey heart-shaped cookies.  You can find a recipe here, as well as the story of St. Casimir here.  For a more child friendly story to read, you can find it here at the Holy Spirit Interactive website.  ST CASIMIR - Pray for us!

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