Happy Festival Day, Everyone! Did you know that Halloween wasn't traditionally a holiday in it's own right? The term means All Hallows Eve and just like Christmas Eve, it marks the night before a major feast day. What that means is that after the dust settles from October 31st, we celebrate the real holiday, All Saints Day. (And don't forget, it's a Holy Day of Obligation Opportunity.)
This year we have a few new saints books that you can enjoy throughout November.
Lisa Hendey’s enthusiasm for the saints is contagious in A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. Building on the success of her first book, A Handbook for Catholic Moms, Hendey continues her work of nurturing hearts, minds, bodies, and souls—this time through the rich tradition of the Catholic communion of saints. With warmth and candor, Hendey eloquently links personal stories, scripture, prayer, and simple soul-strengthening exercises into this rich spiritual resource for Catholic women.
Who would have guessed that there is a patron saint for astronauts, or zookeepers, or the Internet? You know that you can pray to St. Blaise to help protect you from a sore throat, but which saint will protect you from a snakebite or from being struck by lightning?
With hundreds of listings of patron saints, you'll find heavenly helpers for just about anything and everything.
Each entry explains why the saint is patron of whatever he or she is patron of, includes a summary of the saint's life, and highlights unusual or little-known facts about the saint. The book also includes an index for easy reference.
Oh, and who is the patron saint of Mechanics? St. Catherine of Alexandria.
The Saints in My Life encourages us to see the Communion of Saints as a spiritual extended family. As members of the Mystical Body of Christ they should be as present to us as anyone we meet on the street. By becoming familiar with the saints stories, you will discover lives that resonate with your own, building the foundation for a personal relationship with them.
Father Groeschel reveals his favorite saints and his process for befriending the saints by describing:
—His first encounter with the saint.
—His friendship with and devotion to the saint.
—The way the saint has influenced him and affected his life.