By Anne Eileen Heffernan FSP
Some of the best-loved saints of the Church are featured in a revised and up-to-date variation 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 on. excellent for intermediate readers and faculty or church libraries.
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It was the feast of Passover, and Jesus and his apostles were celebrating together in an upstairs room, which they had rented for the occasion. When it came time for the traditional Jewish blessing of the meal, Jesus took a loaf of bread. ” Next, Jesus took a cup of wine and passed it around. ” Peter was thinking about these strange words when the Master began to speak again. Jesus told his apostles to serve each other. He said that the most important person among them should behave like the least important.
Jesus told Saul to go into the city to the house of a man named Jude. Saul stumbled to his feet. His eyes were open, but he could see nothing. His startled companions, who had seen the brilliant light but not heard Jesus’ voice, had to lead him by the hand into Damascus. A few days later, Jesus appeared in a dream to Ananias, one of the disciples who lived in Damascus. The Lord instructed him to go to the house of Jude, where he would find Saul praying. Ananias knew that Saul had been persecuting the disciples, and he was afraid.
Satan and the other rebellious angels lost the battle. They went to hell. Today we call them devils or fallen angels. After that great battle, Michael became a defender and protector of God’s people on earth. Boys named Michael and Gabriel can think of these archangels as their special patrons (helpers) in heaven. So can boys named Ralph or girls named Gabrielle, Gabriella, or Michelle. Jesus told us about another group of angels called the guardian angels. Each one of us has an angel to watch and guard us from dangers, especially from evil.
57 Short Stories of Saints by Anne Eileen Heffernan FSP