Thursday, December 1, 2016

Free Saint Nicholas Day Bookmarks [Printable]

Saint Nicholas's feast day is almost here! Much mystery and myth surround this kind-hearted fourth-century bishop of Myra. But we do know that fact and also that many miracles were attributed to him.

Because of his upcoming feast day, he's on my mind...

Want to make him be part of your Advent celebration, too?

Then enjoy these free St. Nicholas bookmarks! Just download the coloring page from this link (or click on the picture) and print them out. Make sure you print them in landscape mode and you may have to shrink them to the printable area (or not---it depends on how big you want your bookmarks).
I've colored one of the bookmarks in case you just want to print them out and use them as a surprise gift on the feast day of St. Nicholas or tuck them into whatever book you're reading this Advent season. But I'm also including a black-and-white version, so that you can use the bookmark-making as a craft activity.

If you do use the bookmarks, feel free to tag me on Instagram (I love the 'gram!) and let me see your fine coloring work.

May you have a blessed St. Nicholas Day and a holy, hope-filled Advent.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Blessed Miguel Pro: Celebrating This Playful, Prayerful Christian Martyr

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Blessed Miguel Pro (1891-1927) was a priest during the brutal reign of the ferociously anti-Catholic President Plutarco Elías Calles.

Amid this religious persecution, Blessed Miguel Pro constantly outsmarted and outmaneuvered officials for a long time. He was brave, witty, playful, and intensely committed to fulfilling his priestly obligation, no matter what.

He traveled throughout the city to celebrate Mass, hear confessions, and care for the poor. Despite physical suffering, he did good work and always did so with a light heart and smile on his face.

Eventually, he was caught on trumped-up charges and sentenced to death. Even as Bl. Miguel Pro stood before the firing squad for a crime he did not commit, he acted with grace and faith.

He died after praying and forgiving those who were to kill him and shouted, "Viva Cristo Rey!" then outstretched his hands and was martyred.

If you do not know about this marvelous Mexican priest and martyr, I encourage you to read about him and get to learn more about him. A good starting point for almost all things Miguel is the Blessed Miguel site once maintained by Ann Ball (may she rest in peace) and now under the direction of Lawrence LeLeux and Father Ray Bucko.

I also recommend Ann Ball's historical fiction book about Bl. Miguel Pro called "Jose Finds the King." It is an engaging, inspiring book about this merry saint.

You can also find out more about him in this superbrief video:

To celebrate this day, feel free to print out these "Secret Agent of God" cards:

You can also print out these circles and use them to either make a garland or laminate them and use them as buttons to wear today:

 If you have enough time (and markers and crayons!), you can make this Blessed Miguel Pro triptych.

Viva Cristo Rey!


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Advent Coloring and Activity Book 2016 [Printable]

Advent begins on Nov. 27 this year, and my heart has already begun the journey of expectation and hope. As I illustrated and created my new Advent coloring book, I found my mind reflecting on the beauty of the upcoming liturgical season.

In drawing wise men, I was reminded of how they sought him, how they saw the brilliant heavenly sign beaming from on high, and how they left all that they knew to go and encounter Christ.

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In drawing St. Nicholas, I thought of how closely he followed Christ and sought to live a holy life, despite persecution. He thought of others, risked so much for the lives of people he didn't even know because his life was a testimony to Christ.
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And as always, in drawing Mama Mary, I asked her to pray for all of us. She loves us so much, and she wants us to know how much the Lord loves us. Like a good mother, she prays for us and checks in on us. So, I thoroughly enjoyed drawing a brand-new Our Lady of Guadalupe for my coloring book.
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All those Instagram pictures are a behind-the-scenes look at my creating the Advent Coloring and Activity Book 2016.

The 31-page PDF features all new illustrations and almost all-new activities. You can find out more about it by visiting my Etsy shop.

May this upcoming liturgical season fill you with hope, peace, love, and joy.


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

All Saints Day Coloring Page [Printable]
Blessed Miguel Pro once said that he'd do a Mexican hat dance in heaven... and that's how I imagine heaven---lots of music and food (aka, the Eucharistic banquet).

In that same light-hearted view, I drew an All Saints Day coloring page last year and share it again here for your coloring pleasure.

You can download the link for the free coloring page and print it right away. Be sure to use lots of color, and don't worry about coloring within the lines.

(Oh, and if you do use it, I'd love to see a picture of it. The easiest way to show me is to tag me in either Facebook or Instagram. FYI: Instagram's my faaaaaavorite social network.)

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Catholic Liturgical Calendar to Color: Advent 2016 to November 2017 [Printable]

The question seemed simple enough: "Can anyone recommend a Catholic liturgical calendar for kids?"

And the creative wheels in my head started turning swiftly... A Catholic liturgical calendar! I should draw one! Yes, it's a huge project. But it'll be so much fun to draw. I must tackle this project!

So, I did. (My Paperdali Instagram feed some photos from the process and a sneak peek collage of its contents.)

The published 26-page PDF covers Nov. 27 (the first Sunday of Advent 2016) through November 2017.

Each month features one full-size illustration to color and then a month-at-a-glance with miniature drawings of some favorite Catholic saints, special Sundays, and feast days.

A bonus page at the end includes small "stickers" of everyday meetings, events, and special appointments to print out, cut out, and paste or glue to whatever box you fancy.

You can print out all 26 pages and assemble it yourself as needed, either every month or all at one. (The calendar is black and white, so you don't need any special color ink for it.)

You can give the calendar a look (and grab yourself one) in my Paperdali Etsy shop.

The hardest part of putting together the calendar was limiting which saints to include in it! I wanted to write down all the names of every saint for every day and draw allllll the saints.

But I also wanted the calendar to be simple and not overwhelming for children (and adults).

So, every month features about 7-10 mini drawings of saints. The good variety can keep your child (and you!) attuned to the liturgical cycle but without anyone feeling overwhelmed by having to color every single day of the year. Coloring is to be a fun, relaxing, and gentle experience.

May this liturgical calendar be so for you and your family!


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