- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Pauline Books & Media; 1st edition (April 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 081987082X
- ISBN-13: 978-0819870827
- Package Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Saints for Young Readers for Every Day, Vol. 2: July-December Paperback – April 1, 2005
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The stories are written in a tone that children can understand, but without patronizing them. If a saint's life involved mistreatment or martyrdom this is not shoved under the rug: it is told, but always in a way that brings out clearly that the saint underwent this because of their love of God and their neighbors. The stories also manage to bring out how these saints lived doing good deeds to specific, concrete people, and manage to paint a warm, loving human being even when dealing with the most obscure saints!
At the end of each story, there is a one-paragraph reflection that focuses on what we can learn from the life of this saint. This helps to show how varied their lives and personalities were and how they model very different virtues. This paragraph is phrased as a prayer ("let us ask to God that we can learn from so and so...").
It's amazing how just a short reading from this book (two actually, since it's in two volumes) has made our mornings so different! It doesn't work always (sometimes the kids are too distracted), but it does help you bring a supernatural, prayerful moment to what would otherwise be just "hurry up! Do you have your lunchbox?"
Organized to parallel the Church's liturgical calendar, each day's saint is given a two-page biographical sketch that highlights his or her life, virtues, and holiness. Also included is a brief reflection or prayer based on a virtue exemplified by the saint.