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Ablaze - Stories of Daring Teen Saints

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Following Christ isn't always easy. You need faith, courage, patience, and love.

In Ablaze: Stories of Daring Teen Saints, Colleen Swaim looks at eight young souls who were set afire with the spirit and set free to live lives of extraordinary virtue. All became saints for the against-the-current, selfless heroism of their teen years.

Read how an Italian high school student inspired thousands as she faced cancer joyfully. Follow a new Christian as he marches to his death by fire after standing firm in his faith in the face of a wretched king. Lock arms with a young man and his crucifix as he dares brawling teens to throw the first stone.

We are all called to follow Christ in our own ways. This book will inflame your heart with vivid storytelling, saintly challenges, prayers, images, and more. Discover how you can set your world ablaze with love for the Lord!

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Saint Teresa of the Andes
Saint Kizito
Blessed Chiara Luce Badano
Saint Stanislaus Kostka
Saint Alphonsa of the Immaculate Conception
Blessed Pedro Calungsod
Saint Maria Goretti
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Review Provided By - THE Catholic Book Review Site

This item received 4 stars overall. Diverse portraits of teenaged saints from around the world

I knew I'd enjoy Colleen Swaim's Ablaze: Stories of Daring Teen Saints just by the cover. (Yes, there's a saying about that.) It's contemporary and engaging without screaming "STORIEZ 4 TEENZ." Just like Coleen's writing. 

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St. Alphonsa of India

St. Alphonsa of India Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 07/28

Patron Of: Against Bodily Ills, Against Death of Parents, Against Illness, Against Sickness

Also known as

    * Alphonsa Muttathupadathu
    * Alphonsa of Bharananganam
    * Anna Muttathupadathu
    * Annakutty


    * 28 July


    Born in a rural area to Joseph and Mary Muttathupadathu. Baptized on 27 August 1910. Her mother died when Anna was very young, and she was raised by her maternal aunt, and educated by her great-uncle Father Joseph Muttathupadathu. At age 3 she contracted an infected eczema from which she suffered for over a year. Made her first Communion on 27 November 1917. Badly burned on her feet when she accidentally fell into a pit of burning chaff, leaving her permanently partially disabled. Joined the Poor Clare convent at Bharananganam on 2 August 1928, taking the name Alphonsa, and making her vows on 12 August 1936.

    She lost her aunt/foster-mother in 1930. Worked as a primary school taught, and the children loved her for her gentleness and cheery way, but health problems often kept her from the classroom. In December 1936 she was miraculously cured from her ailments through the intervention of Saint Therese of Lisieux and Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara. However, in June 1939 she was struck by a severe attack of pneumonia, weakening her overall. On 18 October 1940 a thief stumbled into her room in the middle of the night; the shock of the event caused Alphonsa to suffer a loss of memory, and further weakened her. Her condition continued deteriorated for months, and she was given last rites on 29 September 1941; the next day, she regained her memory, though not complete health. She enjoyed some improvement over the next few years, but in July 1945 she developed a stomach problem that eventually led to her death.

    She was noted for her suffering, and suffering in silence. Incidents of her intervention began almost immediately upon her death, and often involved the children in the convent school. Hundreds of miraculous cures are claimed for her intervention, many of involving straightening of clubbed-feet, possibly because of her having lived with deformed feet herself; two of these were submitted to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints as proof of her miraculous intervention. The continuing cures are chronicled in the magazine PassionFlower. Thousands converge on the small town of Bharananganam when they celebrate the feast of Saint Alphonsa from 19 to 28 July each year.


    * 19 August 1910 at Kudamalloor, Kerala, India


    * 28 July 1946 at Bharananganam, India, of natural causes
    * buried in the chapel connected with the cemetery of Saint Mary’s church, Bharananganam, India, which has become an important place of pilgrimage


    * declared Servant of God, and her Cause began on 2 December 1953
    * declared Venerable on 9 July 1985 by Pope John Paul II


    * 8 February 1986 by Pope John Paul II


    * Sunday 12 October 2008 by Pope Benedict XVI

Name Meaning

    * noble ready; battle ready


    * against bodily ills
    * against illness
    * against sickness
    * against the death of parents
    * sick people

All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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