57 Short Stories of Saints by Anne Eileen Heffernan FSP

By Anne Eileen Heffernan FSP

Some of the best-loved saints of the Church are featured in a revised and up to date version of a vintage assortment. splendidly written biographies and illustrations of Saints Lucy, Monica, Augustine, Benedict, Francis Xavier, Edith Stein, Juan Diego, Katharine Drexel, and so forth. excellent for intermediate readers and college or church libraries.

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They grew silent as she walked out into the center, knelt down, and prayed. Even some of the most heartless and cruel people felt pity for her. Mothers embraced their daughters, as they thought with horror of what would soon happen to the young Christian. Even the governor’s heart was touched—and that had never happened to him before! Someone suggested that Thecla be freed, but then superstition won out again, and the crowd began to yell, “The Christian to the lions! ” The attendants opened the cage door.

What a surprise Jesus would be to everyone! While Jesus was still living a quiet, hidden life in Nazareth, twelve-year-old Saul set out with a camel caravan for the great city of Jerusalem. There, at the magnificent Temple, he studied to become a rabbi—a teacher of the Hebrew Law. Years passed. Saul became a rabbi and returned home to Tarsus. Saul was in Tarsus when Jesus began his public ministry and revealed that he was the Messiah. He was in Tarsus when some of the Pharisees refused to recognize that this poor Man who spoke of a spiritual kingdom was really the leader sent by God to his people.

How proud Joseph was of Mary and of the child as the shepherds crowded around! The child was given the name Jesus, the name God himself had chosen. Eventually Mary and Joseph returned to their home in Nazareth. Jesus grew quickly, and everyone was happy that Joseph had such a fine son to help him in the carpenter’s shop. No one except Mary and Joseph knew that Jesus’ real Father was God himself! Mary taught Jesus his prayers, and Joseph made sure he learned all the skills of a carpenter. In the synagogue, Jesus learned to read the Torah and listened to the explanations of the Jewish Law given by the rabbi.

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