All Saints’ Day is coming up..
(Whether it’s a Holy Day of Obligation or not!)
So..as a reminder, here are saints-related books that you might be interested in. Just a note: consider purchasing these as resources for your Catholic school or parish religious education program.
Good for read-alouds from about age 5 on, independent reading (depending on child) from about 8 on. The emphasis is on helping children see the connection between their own journey to holiness and the saints’. Sample sections and chapters, with a complete list here:
Saints Are People Who Create
St. Hildegard of Bingen,Blessed Fra Angelico,St. John of the Cross,Blessed Miguel Pro
Saints Are People Who Teach Us New Ways to Pray
St. Benedict,St. Dominic de Guzman,St. Teresa of Avila,St. Louis de Monfort
Saints Are People Who See Beyond the Everyday
St. Juan Diego, St. Frances of Rome, St. Bernadette Soubirous, Blessed Padre Pio
Saints Are People Who Travel From Home
St. Boniface, St. Peter Claver, St. Francis Xavier, St. Francis Solano, St. Francis Xavier Cabrini
Saints Are People Who Are Strong Leaders
St. Helena, St. Leo the Great, St. Wenceslaus, St. John Neumann
Saints Are People Who Tell The Truth
St. Polycarp, St. Thomas Becket, St. Thomas More, Blessed Titus Brandsma
And then..the exciting sequel!
This book evolved. Loyola originally wanted this – a book of “heroes” , but I adjusted the concept a bit. I really need a strong concept in order to write – once I come up with the concept it flows pretty well. So for this book I decided to organize it according to the virtues, and include in each section a originating narrative from Scripture, a historical event or movement and then a collection of saints who personify that virtue. For some reason, this book sold particularly well this past spring (Or “First Communion” season. ) I’m not sure why.
- Introduction: Jesus Teaches
- Pentecost: Heroes on Fire with Hope
- Paul: A Hero Changes and Finds Hope
- St. Patrick and St. Columba: Heroes Bring Hope into Darkness
- St. Jane de Chantal: Heroes Hope through Loss
- St. Mary Faustina Kowalska: A Hero Finds Hope in Mercy
- Introduction: Jesus Works Miracles
- Peter and John: Heroes are Known by their Love
- St. Genevieve: A City is Saved by a Hero’s Charity
- St. Meinrad and St. Edmund Campion: Heroes love their Enemies
- Venerable Pierre Toussaint: A Hero Lives a Life of Charity
- Rose Hawthorne Lathrop: A Hero Cares for Those Who Need it Most
- Blessed Teresa of Calcutta: A Hero Lives Charity with the Dying
- Introduction: Jesus Strikes a Balance
- Peter and Cornelius: Heroes Love Their Neighbors
- Charlemagne and Alcuin: Heroes Use their Talents for Good
- St. Francis: A Hero Appreciates Creation
- Venerable Matt Talbot: Heroes Can Let Go
- Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati: A Hero Enjoys the Gift of Life
After Friendship with Jesus was published by the Catholic Truth Society, Pope Benedict visited England. During that visit, he gave a talk to school children at an event called “The Big Assembly,” and like all of the talks and homilies he gave at such events, it was rich and so expressive of his skillful way of teaching, which is profound, yet simple..and yet again, not watered down…so…
Again, CTS was a joy to work with. In structuring this book, we combined the pope’s words with quotations from various saints. The images are mostly of contemporary children engaged in activities that illustrate the call of Pope Benedict and the saints to follow Christ. Here’s the text of the entire talk. Some images:
Finally, of course, the most recent book, Adventures in Assisi:
Adventures in Assisi is the fruit of my interest in St. Francis as well as trips both Ann and I have taken to the town. Ann has been twice, and I traveled there two years ago with my two youngest, on our epic 3-month stay in Europe.
And here’s a great video feature Ann in her Long Island home/studio.