• Resources from the Saints

    You might wonder how the saints can help you deal with the daily stresses of life while you try to grow closer to God. On this page, I have included a number of saint resources that can help your family and you. This page will continue to grow over time, as I add new resources.

     

    Many of the resources here are free. Some contain affiliate links. If you use them, I will receive a small commission, but there is no extra cost to you. I recommend these resources because I use or have used them myself, and I have found them to be helpful. There are certainly many other options, but these are simply what I have used and found to be beneficial. (Please send me any suggestions you might have.)

  • Praying with the Saints Every Day

    Tools to Help Make the Saints Part of Your Devotional Life Every Day

    Advent Meditations by St. Alphonsus Liguori (FREE)

    Advent is a time to help us prepare for the coming of the Lord in His Nativity in Bethlehem. Let a Doctor of the Chuch help you prepare with eight brief, but profound meditations which will assist you in readying your heart to give itself completely to the Holy Child of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

     

    In these reflections, St. Alphonsus Liguori, a Doctor of the Church, provides three brief points that include acts of love for God, thoughts on contrition for sin, and a petition for final perseverance. The meditations generally include a quote from Scripture, and, because of his great devotion to Our Lady, they conclude with a prayer to her asking for her intercession.

     

    With eight meditations, these could be made on the morning and evening of each Sunday of Advent. Or, they can be made on the eight days preceding December 25th, by starting on December 17th.

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    St. Andrew Novena Mobile Phone Wallpaper (FREE)

    The Christmas Anticipation Prayer aka St. Andrew Novena

     

    The St. Andrew Novena is also known as the Christmas Anticipation Prayer. It is popularly known by the saint's name because it begins on his feast day which is November 30th. The devotion, the origin of which is not exactly known, is to pray the prayer fifteen times each day from the Feast of St. Andrew through Christmas Eve in order to prepare your heart for receiving the Child Jesus in His Nativity.

     

    Wait. Before you think to yourself, "I cannot pray something 15 times per day!", keep reading. I have some tips to help make it easier.

     

    Why Pray this Prayer?

     

    It is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of Christmas preparations during Advent. This beautiful prayer reminds us of the purpose of Advent which is to open our hearts to the Holy Spirit in order that they might be readied for celebrating the first coming of Jesus in Bethlehem and to be prepared for His second coming at the end of time or at end of our time here on earth.

     

    Tips for Praying the Prayer

     

    It might seem a challenge to pray a prayer fifteen times a day. And, it certainly can be. Here is what has helped me. First, I remember that the prayer is short. (But, it is powerful if you meditate on the words.) Second, I pray it in groups of five prayers, three times a day. My goal is to do it in the morning, around noon, and in the evening. Third, I have started to use the following phone wallpaper to help me to remember to pray it and to have the prayer easily available. Just download the image by clicking on the button below and add it as your wallpaper to help you pray this holy prayer.

     

    The Prayer

     

    Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in the piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of His blessed Mother. Amen.

     

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    Angels in the Bible (FREE)

    Who are angels? And, what do angels do?

     

    The angels are saints, too. The angels, including our own guardian angel, are perfectly united with God.

     

    Learn more about the important roles which angels have played in all of salvation history from the Garden of Eden to the book of Acts. And, as you learn more about them, you will grow in your devotion to our Heavenly friends, the angels.

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    Voices of the Saints by Bert Ghezzi

    Voices of the Saints is a wonderful book written by Bert Ghezzi in which he introduces you to 365 saints through their own words. Each saint is given two pages in the book. As the title of the book suggests, you get to know the saints through their own voices.

     

    The entry for each saint includes an excerpt from something the saint wrote or said as well as biographical information to help you become familiar with the saint.

     

    With 365 saints, you could add one saint per day to your spiritual reading and become more familiar with the saints. The book is arranged in alphabetic order by name, but you can also read about the saints in chronological order beginning with the Blessed Virgin Mary and continuing with the guides that lead you to the next saint. Either way, it can make for a great Catholic daily devotional to take you throughout the entire calendar year.

     

    I have gone through periods where I have read from this book every day, and I enjoyed learning more about the saints I encounter in its pages.

     

    Bert Ghezzi's book certainly can be a welcome addition to your prayer life as you let the saints help guide you on your journey with the Lord.

     

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