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The Saints and Our Children - Lives of the Saints & the Catholic Lessons to be Learned from Them

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The Saints and Our Children gives not only a fresh account of some of our most familiar and beloved Saints, but it also draws out the lessons to be learned from their lives. It is therefore not just a book for parents, but is actually excellent reading for all Catholics-and may well be the most interesting Saints' Lives the reader will ever encounter.

 

Mary Reed Newland was a mother of 7 who contributed greatly to the Catholic family revival of some years ago, and today there is a heartening resurgence of enthusiasm for her books. Here she draws remarkable insights from often overlooked details in the lives of St. John Bosco, St. Dominic Savio, St. Maria Goretti, St. Bernadette, St. Therese of Lisieux, etc., and also from the Holy Family itself. In these stories one sees the crucial role of father, mother and upbringing in the lives of the Saints and comes to appreciate the fact that Saints usually spring from good, even if imperfect, Catholic homes and to realize that God relies on parents to raise up His children in purity, obedience, perseverance, charity and the other virtues.

The author goes on to relate some 30 additional great short stories from Saints' lives which teach particular virtues. These include the story of St. Francis of Assisi and the cabbages, St. Patrick and the prince, St. Catherine of Siena's little silver cross, St. Dominic and the devil, St. Perpetua's little brother in Purgatory, Father Damien the Leper's Confession, and many more.

The Saints and Our Children is a book that delivers far more than it would appear to, for besides being a wonderful aid for Catholic mothers and fathers in drawing important lessons from the lives of the Saints, it is also one of the best and most interesting Lives of the Saints that any Catholic will ever read.

 


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St. Catherine of Siena

St. Catherine of Siena Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 4/29
Tridentine Calendar - 4/30


Patron Of: Nurses, Artists, Leather Workers, Philosophers, Scribes, Secretaries, Stenographers, Tongue, Firefighters, Fire, Illness

Profile
    Youngest child in a large family. At the age of 6 she had a vision in which Jesus appeared and blessed her. Her parents wanted her to marry, but she became a Dominican tertiary. Mystic. Stigmatist. Received a vision in which she was in a mystical marriage with Christ, and the Infant Christ presented her with a wedding ring. Counselor to Pope Gregory XI and Pope Urban VI. Proclaimed Doctor of the Church on 4 October 1970.

Born
    25 March 1347 at Siena, Tuscany, Italy

Died
    29 April 1380 of a mysterious and painful illness that came on without notice, and was never properly diagnosed

Canonized
    July 1461 by Pope Pius II


All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

   

St. Dominic

St. Dominic Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 08/08
Tridentine Calendar - 08/08


Patron Of: Scientists, Astronomers, Choir Members, Dominican Order, Falsely Accused

Born of wealthy Spanish nobility. Son of Blessed Joan of Aza. When she was pregnant, his mother had a vision that her unborn child was a dog who would set the world on fire with a torch it carried in its mouth; a dog with a torch in its mouth became a symbol for the order which he founded, the Dominicans. At Dominic's baptism, Blessed Joan saw a star shining from his chest, which became another of his symbols in art, and led to his patronage of astronomy.

Studied philosophy and theology at the University of Palencia. Priest. Canon of the cathedral of Osma. Augustinian. Worked for clerical reform. Lifelong apostolate among heretics, especially Albigensians, and especially in France. Worked with Blessed Peter of Castelnau. Founded the Order of Friars Preachers (Dominicans) in 1215, a group who live a simple, austere life, and an order of nuns dedicated to the care of young girls. Friend of Saint Amata of Assisi.

At one point Dominic became discouraged at the progress of his mission; no matter how much he worked, the heresies remained. But he received a vision from Our Lady who showed him a wreath of roses, representing the rosary. She told him to say the rosary daily, teach it to all who would listen, and eventually the true faith would win out. Dominic is often credited with the invention of the rosary; it actually pre-dates him, but he certainly spread devotion to it, and used it to strengthen his own spiritual life.

Reported miracle worker who brought four people back from the dead. Legend says that Dominic received a vision of a beggar who, like Dominic, would do great things for the Faith. Dominic met the beggar the next day. He embraced him and said, "You are my companion and must walk with me. If we hold together, no earthly power can withstand us." The beggar was Saint Francis of Assisi.

Born
    1170 at Calaruega, Burgos, Old Castile

Died
    4 August 1221 at Bologna

Canonized
    13 July 1234 by Pope Gregory IX at Rieti, Italy Born: 1170 at Calaruega, Burgos, Old Castile

Died: 4 August 1221 at Bologna



All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

   

St. Dominic Savio

St. Dominic Savio Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 5/6
Tridentine Calendar - 3/10


Patron Of: Choir Members, Falsely Accused, Boys, Child Choirs, Juvenile Delinquents

Profile
    One of ten children of a blacksmith and seamstress. Protege of Saint John Bosco. Altar boy at age 5. At 12 he entered the Oratory School preparatory to becoming a priest. Well-liked and pius, his health forced him to give up his dream of the priesthood. He died at age 15. His dying words: "What beautiful things I see!"

    His birthplace is now a retreat house for teenagers; the home where he grew up in Morialdo is now a retreat house for children. The final house in which he lived is the home in Mondonio where the Savio family moved when he was 10, and where he eventually died. Here you can see his father's metal shop, and his mother's tailoring shop. His tomb is in the basilica of Mary, Help of Christians in Turin, not far from the tomb of his mentor, teacher and biographer, Saint John Bosco.

Born
    2 April 1842 at Riva di Chieri, Italy

Died
    9 March 1857 at Mondonio, Italy

Beatified
    1950 by Venerable Pope Pius XII

Canonized
    12 June 1954 by Venerable Pope Pius XII


All information used with permission of the Patron Saint Index.

   

St. John Bosco

Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 1/31


Patron Of: Students, Laborers, Boys, Schoolchildren, Editors, Apprentices, Young People

Also known as
    Don Bosco
    Giovanni Bosco
    Giovanni Melchior Bosco
    John Melchoir Bosco

Memorial
    31 January

Profile
    Son of Venerable Margaret Bosco. John's father died when the boy was 2 years old, and as soon as he was old enough to do odd jobs, he did so for extra money for his family. Bosco would go to circuses, fairs and carnivals, practice the tricks he saw magicians perform, and then present one-boy shows. After his performance, while he still had an audience of boys, he would repeat the homily he had heard earlier in church.

    Worked as a tailor, baker, shoemaker, and carpenter while attending college and the seminary. Ordained in 1841. Teacher. Worked with youth, finding places where they could meet, play and pray, teaching catechism to orphans and apprentices. Chaplain in a hospice for girls. Wrote short treatises aimed at explaining the faith to children, and then taught children how to print them. Friend of Saint Joseph Cafasso, whose biography he wrote, and confessor to Blessed Joseph Allamano. Founded the Salesians of Don Bosco (SDB) in 1859, priests who work with and educate boys, under the protection of Our Lady, Help of Chistians, and Saint Francis de Sales. Founded the Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians in 1872, and Union of Cooperator Salesians in 1875.

Born
    16 August 1815 at Becchi, Castelnuovo d'Asti, Piedmont, Italy

Died
    31 January 1888 at Turin, Italy

Venerated
    24 July 1907 by Pope Pius X

Beatified
    2 June 1929 by Pope Pius XI

Canonized
    1 April 1934 by Pope Pius XI

Name Meaning
    God is gracious; gift of God

Patronage
    apprentices
    boys
    editors
    Mexican young people
    laborers
    schoolchildren
    students
    young people



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