Saint George and the Dragon
Fairy tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.
~ G. K. Chesterton
Happy Feast of St. George! In the past our children loved slaying Dragon Cakes
or decorating 3D Cookie Sugar Story Quilts (here
) to celebrate St. George’s Day, but last year, since we have a birthday to celebrate each year on the 20th, I decided to try and find a healthy (yet still fun!) alternative and ended up creating a Saint George and the Dragon Veggie Platter
. They loved it! It is so quick and easy to put together that I had no trouble making another one this year, despite our incredibly full week of required state testing Monday-Thursday, a birthday to celebrate, braces removed and retainer fitting, and all of our usual commitments and appointments ending with three well-child checkups this evening… Whew!! I’m so glad
it’s finally Thursday night and our schedule is completely open tomorrow (and the next day!) for the first time in over a week!
While devouring this year’s Saint George and the Dragon Veggie Platter, my husband read the following short and inspiring story from Saints for Young People for Every Day of the Year (1963 Edition):
Pictures of St. George usually show him killing a dragon to rescue a beautiful lady. The dragon stands for wickedness. The lady stands for God’s holy truth. St. George was a brave martyr who was victorious over the devil.
He was a soldier in the army of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, and he was one of the Emperor’s favorite solders. Now Diocletian was a pagan and a bitter enemy of the Christians. He put to death every Christian he could find. George was a brave Christian, a real soldier of Christ. Without fear, he went to the Emperor and sternly scolded him for being so cruel. Then he gave up his position in the Roman army. For this he was tortured in many terrible ways and finally beheaded.
So boldly daring and so cheerful was St. George in declaring his Faith and in dying for it that Christians felt courage when they heard about it. Many songs and poems were written about this martyr. Soldiers, especially, have always been devoted to him.
We all have some “dragon” we have to conquer. It might be pride or anger or laziness or greediness or something else. Let us make sure we fight against these “dragons,” with God’s help. Then we can call ourselves real soldiers of Christ.
So comes snow after fire, and even dragons have their ending!
~ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
Prayer of Mothers
Father in heaven, grant me the grace to appreciate the dignity which you have conferred on me. Let me realize that not even the Angels have been blessed with such a privilege—to share in your creative miracle and bring new Saints to heaven. Make me a good mother to all my children after the example of Mary, the Mother of your Son. Through the intercession of Jesus and Mary I ask your continued blessings on my family. Let us all be dedicated to your service on earth and attain the eternal happiness of your kingdom in heaven. Amen.