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A Bedside Book of Saints

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Catalog Code: 9781933184081

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This, truly, is a bedside book of saints, crafted like an old-fashioned quilt — a colorful thing of threads and patches meant to brighten the bedroom and lift the spirits of souls wearied by the day.

Like the patchwork quilts made by your grandmother, these tales have been sewn together without great study and with very little plan: variety and charm are often the very thing needed to cheer a downcast soul and bring consolation and hope to the Christian who takes up a book just before falling asleep.

In these pages, Fr. Aloysius Roche shows you the saints not so much from a new angle as from a less familiar one, a comfortable angle that makes for a certain coziness. Without diluting the intensity and holiness of the saints, he tries to bring them near, to bring them home, to bring them to your very bedside.

So he lets the saints themselves do most of the talking. “I am like a parrot who has learned to speak,” wrote St. Teresa. Exactly! In writing this book, Fr. Roche seeks to be a parrot like St. Teresa, not reporting his own thoughts but giving you the words of the saints themselves.

But whoever’s doing the talking, it won’t be loud. It would never do to send you off to bed with a book about the saints that keeps you awake all night. Some nights, however, even after reading a few of these pages, sleep may evade you. At those times, read a few more. (You’re likely to come across that holy friend of those with sleep-related woes: St. Vitus, whose symbol is a rooster: he helps sleepyheads who find it hard to wake up in the morning!)

Whatever you do, don’t read this book all in one sitting. Take just a few pages a night — no more. The charming, often humorous stories of these eminently human saints will ease your soul and help bring you good dreams. In the morning, you’ll rise from your bed with fresh hope, and carry with you into your day greater confidence in God and his saints.

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St. Vitus

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 06/15

Patron Of: Against Animal Attacks, Against Oversleeping, Against Lightning, Against Storms, Comedians, Czech Republic, Dancers, Dog Bite, Epilepsy, Lightning, Snake Bite, Storms

Also known as

    15 June

    Legend says Vitus was the son of a pagan Sicilian senator named Hylas. Converted to Christianity at age twelve by his tutor Saint Modestus and his nurse Saint Crescentia. His father showed his objection to the conversion by having all three arrested and scourged.

    Freed from prison by angels, they fled to Lucania, then Rome. There Vitus freed Emperor Diocletian's son from an evil spirit. When Vitus would not sacrifice to the pagan gods in celebration, his cure was attributed to sorcery, and he and his household were arrested again. Tortured, and condemned to death, they were thrown to the lions; the lions would not touch them, so they were thrown into boiling oil. At the moment of their deaths, a immense storm destroyed several pagan temples in the region, which led to the tradition of protection against stormy weather. One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers.

    For obscure reasons, some 16th century Germans believed they could obtain a year's good health by dancing before the statue of Saint Vitus on his feast day. This dancing developed almost into a mania, and was confused with chorea, the nervous condition later known as Saint Vitus' Dance, the saint being invoked against it. His connection with such "dancing" led to his patronage of dancers, and later to entertainers in general and in particular.

    A rooster was thrown into the oil with him, sacrificed as part of the ritual against sorcery. A rooster became a symbol for Vitus, and its connection with early rising led to Vitus's patronage and protection against oversleeping.

    boiled in oil c.303 in Lucania, Italy

    against animal attacks
    against dog bites
    against lightning
    against oversleeping
    against storms
    against wild beasts
    Badia Calavena, Italy
    Czech Republic
    dog bites
    Forio, Italy
    Prague, Czech Republic
    rheumatic chorea
    Saint Vitus Dance
    snake bites
    Vacha, Germany
    Wetsens, Netherlands
    Zeven, Germany

All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

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