• Saints Resources

    Resources from the Saints to Help You live the Faith

    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 resources, including ones written by the saints, that can help your family and you. This page will continue to grow over time, as I add new saints resources.

     

    Many of these saints resources here are free. I recommend these tools 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.)

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    Featured Course: The "Why" and "How" of Saints

    Learn why we have saints and how the Church declares someone a saint. Take a free "Saints 101" class via email. Click here to start a free five-day email course. With an image of a painting of saints.

    Why are there saints? How does someone become a saint? How do you explain the saints? Learn the answers to these questions and much more in this 5-day email course.

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

    Five Easy Ways to Connect Your Family to the Saints

    Download your free guide to 5 easy ways to connect your family to the saints with image of Saint Therese of Lisieux

    The saints are here to help us with their prayers and examples. Let the saints help you raise your kids in the Catholic faith. As your kids connect to the saints, the saints will connect them to Jesus and His Church.

    The guide is a quick read, but filled with easy-to-implement ideas that work.

    Read through a Gospel during Lent (FREE)

    Illuminated manuscript page with heading A Guide to Readng through a Gospel in 40 days Featuring 4 plans for each of the 4 Gospels

    One of the three pillars of Lent is prayer, and one way to increase your prayer life is to spend more time listening to God by reading His Word. He speaks to us through Scripture. Although we hear a Gospel passage every Sunday and at weekday masses, it can be a very fruitful experience to read through one of the Gospels from start to finish. The Evangelists wrote their Gospels as story and there is flow to each one of the accounts. When you read through a Gospel, you will pick up more of the sense of order that the Evangelists wanted to share.

    Download the Lenten Gospel guide which has four plans--one for each Gospel--to lead you through a Gospel during Lent. The breaks are made a natural stopping points, and each section gives you enough to read and reflect on for one day.

    Download the guide. Grab your Bible. And, listen to God's Word as you read through a Gospel during Lent.

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    Advent Countdown Paper Chain Craft (FREE)

    Make an Advent Countdown Paper Chain; Feast Days - Suggested Activites - Bonus Ideas; It is free. Click here to get yours.

    Advent is a time to help us prepare for the coming of the Lord in His Nativity in Bethlehem.

     
    Use this fun and easy craft to help your whole family prepare for Advent.
     

    It is an Advent calendar that you make and use throughout the season of Advent. The countdown chain takes you from the First Sunday in Advent until the First Day of Christmas.

     

    The craft comes with a list of supplies, illustrated instructions, ideas for how to use the countdown chain, and a full list of the Catholic saints' feast days during Advent.

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    Advent Meditations by St. Alphonsus Liguori (FREE)

    The nativity of the Lord Jesus in a stable with heading Download Free Meditations for Advent by Saint Alphonsus Liguori

    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 birth of Jesus in a stable with the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint Jospeh and the text of the Saint Andrew Novena

    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.

     

    And, use your phone's calendar to set a reminder for you to pray the prayer. Just set up a reminder three times per day throughout Advent. You will find it does not take long to pray the prayers.

     

    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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    Books about the Saints

    Voices of the Saints by Bert Ghezzi

    Cover of book The Voices of the Saints A Year of Readings by Bert Ghezzi with pictures of various saints

    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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