Saint Treasure Hunt
St. Paul the Apostle is his name,
And praising Christ wasn’t always his game.
He once persecuted Christians until he heard the Lord’s voice.
Then he was faced with a life-changing choice.
He was struck blind until a Lord’s servant made him see –
Not only with his eyes but with his soul, he would come to be
A great apostle of the Lord for Christians both far and near.
As Catholics, we’re currently celebrating his special year. [This obviously needs to be edited.]
Now you, too, must use your eyes
To find another saintly surprise.
Look in a room where little ones have played.
And think of St. Paul and how fervently he prayed.
[Hide clue in a nursery or playroom.]
Here we are now at clue number two.
Let me tell you about a saint who wears lovely blue.
Her name is Mary, and she is the mother of God’s son.
She said, “Yes!” to God when it would have been easier to run.
We hail her as the Queen of all Saints, Morning Star, and Cause of our Joy,
But she’s also our Holy Mother – whether we are a girl or a boy.
So let’s say a quick Hail Mary in her honor before you search for the next clue,
Which is hidden beneath Our Lady in her mantle of blue.
[Hide clue by a Mary statue.]
We are all humans, imperfect, it’s true.
But you’ll soon find from the saint of this third clue –
It’s never too late to change your ways and to follow God with all of your heart.
See, the beloved, St. Francis of Assisi got off to a rocky start.
As a young man he liked to have a good time and spend lots of cash.
But Francis heard the call of the Lord and gave up his old ways in a flash.
He devoted his life to serving the poor and living a simple life.
He bore the stigmata and suffered other forms of difficult strife.
Yet, his faith remained strong, where there was once hatred, he sowed love.
And he had respect for all living things from the tiniest ant to the whitest dove.
God, help us to love all of creation as St. Francis did with his entire soul.
Now run along to a spot where people can eat pancakes or a dinner roll.
[Hide clue in the kitchen.]
This final saint in our treasure hunt here –
May not be as familiar as some of her saintly peers.
St. Dorothy was a young girl who suffered a martyr’s death.
She refused to marry or worship idols so she took one last breath.
But before her death an unbeliever to her said, “Be sure to show me something from paradise that is as lovely as here.”
“I will,” Dorothy promised with a voice filled with great love instead of any trace of fear.
When she died, what should appear but an angel bearing fruit and flowers –
Leading to a conversion of a man who now believed in Christ’s powers.
Legend has it that Dorothy was beautiful with sparkling eyes and lovely hair.
But her true beauty was her unwavering faith and her trust in God’s care.
In honor of St. Dorothy and all saints who died,
Go search for something big, silver, and wide.
Hint: It’s a minivan and it may need a key.
From Mrs. Wicker, that blond, blue-eyed lady.
[Edit to fit description of your car and hide clue there.]
Time to search for your final clue, my friends.
But even as this fun, little game ends –
Always remember the communion of saints with Christ as their Head,
All of these friends you can pray to when you’re sad, happy, or bored in bed.
Let us rejoice in the saints and try to be more like them in all that we do.
Remember the saints were ordinary people just like me and you.
We are all called to be saints and to live a life of faith and love,
And to always keep our eyes and life focused on God above.
With God in heaven is where our true treasure will be,
But for now we have another type of treat for our party attendees.
So head to the classroom where you’ll have to find one last clue –
But this one you can eat, but before you do –
Give thanks to God and all the faithful saints, too.