It is hard to believe that anyone would have ever wanted to hurt good Father John Bosco. He helped so many people. But there were times when his life was in danger. During those times, a very special guardian would appear to protect him. In this way, God saved the holy priest from harm so he could complete his mission and help children come to know God.
G.K. Chesterton once said, "Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly.” Taking that notion to heart, this collection of short articles and essays seeks to inform, inspire, but also at times amuse. Topics range from the light-hearted (coffee and baseball) to the heart-wrenching (St. Edith Stein and St. Gianna Beretta Molla). And then, of course, there are the angels. Archangels, guardian angels, angels in disguise, and angels loud and proud. They are the glue that holds this book of seemingly disparate topics together, reminding us on each page they appear that they are our friends, our protectors, our teachers, and our guides. Based on the blog of the same name, Angels and Saints and the Rest of Us roughly follows a year’s worth of Church celebrations with teachings from the saints, actions from the angels, and a few personal anecdotes from the author. All in all, an enjoyable reading experience that even an angel would approve of.
Everyone has an angel story, or so it seems, but the Catholic Church has some pretty spectacular ones, especially those that are found in the lives and legends of the saints. Starting in earliest Christian times with Gregory the Great and finishing in the 20th century with one of the Church's newest saints, Padre Pio, Partners in Holiness tells the stories of nine men and women who grew in virtue and holiness with the assistance of their angels. Sometimes the help was sublime; sometimes it was stunning. St. John Bosco's assumed the form of a large dog and protected him on numerous occasions from bloodthirsty assailants. St. Frances of Rome's helped her to read at night by the light of his hair. St. Lydwine's "flew" her to faraway places in the heavens and on earth. And St. Gemma Galgani's graced her with constant visible companionship for most of her short life. Written in a manner friendly to all age groups, these accounts recreate the times and settings in which they occurred. But always at their core is the message that the friendship of an angel is not just for a canonized saint, but is a gift to each of us, saint or sinner. Woven throughout the book are teachings and anecdotes about the angels from a Catholic perspective. For anyone interested in angelology, hagiography, history, theology, or just an inspiring read, Partners in Holiness satisfies on many levels.
How to use the weapons in your spiritual arsenal Dave was a faithful husband and a model parishioner, yet he suffered guilt and shame over a secret addiction to pornographic movies and magazines. Sue suffered from recurring nightmares, having dabbled in the occult years earlier. It never occurred to either Sue or Dave that evil spirits might be at work to heighten their problems, or that spiritual warfare might help in combating their besetting sins. Like many Catholics, they were unaware of how to use the weapons in their spiritual arsenal. 'Spiritual Warfare for Catholic' is an invaluable guide to the unseen conflict we all face. It includes helpful advice on a variety of topics: -angelic protection -the sacraments -the intercession of Mary and the saints -daily prayer
When their feeding trough ends up serving as a bed for a tiny baby, the animals get a glimpse into God's loving plan to save the world. Like every one of us, each of the animals gathered around the manger has a struggle to overcome. They, like us, find the answer in Jesus, the only one who can fix our brokenness, heal our imperfections and give us the gift that makes us whole - the gift of himself. No matter what our flaws and limitations, Jesus has the remedy, if only we trust in him. In this charming fable by seasoned story teller Sherry Boas, the animals in the stable get a chance to see all the gifts Jesus has brought into the world, all revealed in the tiny baby's eyes.