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 forth. excellent for intermediate readers and faculty or church libraries.
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These three angels brought special messages from God to his people. The Book of Tobit (one of the books in the Old Testament) tells about the Archangel Raphael, who guided Tobit’s son Tobiah during a difficult journey and presented Tobit’s prayers to God. We can read about the Archangel Gabriel in the Gospel of St. Luke. Gabriel was the angel who invited Mary to become the Mother of Jesus, God’s own Son. Angels are messengers of God, and they also present our prayers to God. Michael is mentioned several times in the Bible.
They packed some food and extra clothes onto their donkey and set out. It was almost eighty-five miles to Bethlehem, and the weather was cold. As they got closer to the town, they were joined by many other travelers. Joseph told Mary, “I hope that some of our cousins will have room for us. ” “Don’t worry, Joseph,” Mary replied. “No matter where we end up tonight, this child belongs to God. ” But the conditions in Bethlehem were even worse than they had imagined. There was no space anywhere. At last they met an innkeeper who felt sorry for them and brought them to his stable.
Tell me about your God. ” Paul greeted Thecla kindly. In his heart he thanked God for the young woman’s sincere desire. He began to teach her about Jesus. When he told her about the mystery of the Eucharist, Thecla was astonished at God’s infinite love. This God was so unlike any god she had learned about before. Warm and tender tears flowed down her cheeks. She asked to be baptized immediately, and to complete her religious instruction as soon as possible. Together with her servant, who also became a Christian, Thecla often took part in the Eucharistic Celebration.