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, etc. ideal for intermediate readers and faculty or church libraries.

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He shouldered his way through the crowd and knelt beside the lifeless form. The boy had fallen three stories onto the hard stones of the street. What could save him? The power of God! Paul quickly threw his own body onto the boy’s, praying silently. Then, wrapping his arms around the boy, he said, “Don’t be afraid. ” Sure enough, Eutychus was moving! His eyes opened. He blinked and smiled up at Paul. “Praised be Jesus Christ,” murmured one of the onlookers. Exclamations of joy ran through the crowd.

The next morning, Paul excitedly told Silas and Timothy what had happened. “God must want us in Macedonia,” Silas agreed. Timothy nodded. So the missionaries immediately made plans to sail for Europe. In Philippi, the first European city they visited, a woman named Lydia was baptized. She opened her home to the three apostles, and many of the new Christians also gathered there to pray. In Philippi, a doctor named Luke also joined Paul, Silas, and Timothy. Luke would one day write down all he knew about Jesus and the early Christian communities.

Cecilia could not hide her great desire for martyrdom, and often talked about it with her mother. If her mother was busy, Cecilia would talk with Lyda, one of the family’s servants, whom she loved like a sister. The years passed, and finally it was Cecilia’s fourteenth birthday. In the family’s large courtyard, many of the young woman’s friends had gathered for her party. It was already time for the celebration to begin, but Cecilia had still not come down from her room. Her mother went up and found her crying.

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