Saints Alive! The Faith Proclaimed

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Combining the art of storytelling with biography, Church history, and Catholic teaching and belief, this collection shows how real people lived the eight beatitudes and seven sacraments, revealing the richness of the Christian life and offering inspirational models of the faith.


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The FaiTh Proclaimed
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The FaiTh Proclaimed
By Marie Paul Curley, FSP, and Mary Lea Hill, FSP
With a foreword by Celia Sirois
BOOKS & MEDIA Boston
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Curley, Marie Paul.  Saints alive! the faith proclaimed / Marie Paul Curley, FSP, and Mary Lea Hill, FSP ; with a preface by Celia Sirois.  pages cm  ISBN-13: 978-0-8198-7286-9  ISBN-10: 0-8198-7286-5 1. Christian saints--Biography. I. Title.  BX4655.3.C87 2013  270.092'2--dc23  2013011122
Scripture quotations contained herein are from theNewRevisedStandardVersionBible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used with permission. All rights reserved. Excerpts from the English translation of theCatechismoftheCatholicChurchfor use in the United States of America, copyright © 1994, United States Catholic Conference, Inc.—Libreria Editrice Vaticana. Used with permission. Excerpts from Daniel J. Harrington, SJ,TheGospelofMatthew:SacraPagina1, copyright © 1991, The Liturgical Press. All rights reserved. Used with permission. Excerpts from John R. Donahue, SJ, and Daniel J. Harrington, SJ,TheGospelofMark. SacraPagina2,copyright © 2002, The Liturgical Press. All rights reserved. Used with permission. Excerpts from Pope Benedict XVI,Angelus, Saint Peter’s Square, October 29, copyright © 2006, Libreria Editrice Vaticana. Used with permission. All rights reserved. Cover design by Rosana Usselmann All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the publisher. “P” and PAULINE are registered trademarks of the Daughters of St. Paul. Copyright © 2013, Daughters of St. Paul
Published by Pauline Books & Media, 50 Saint Pauls Avenue, Boston, MA 02130-3491 Printed in the U.S.A. www.pauline.org Pauline Books & Media is the publishing house of the Daughters of St. Paul, an international congregation of women religious serving the Church with the communications media.
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For our loved ones who have gone before us and are part of the great company of saints, especially: Stanley R. Curley and Lee J. and Alvada (Toce) Hill
Contents
Forewordxiii                                          
Part I The BeaTiTudes
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Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven
Saint Francis of Assisi Holy Fool                                             3
Saint Juan Diego “Am I Not Your Mother?”11                              
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Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted
Saint Germaine Cousin God’s Cinderella                                       19
Saint Monica The Mother Who Never Gave Up                         28
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Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth
Saint Bernadette Soubirous Unlikely Visionary                                     37
Saint Gregory the Great Servant of the Servants of God47                           
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Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled
Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati A Hunger for Holiness57                                 
Venerable Teresita Quevedo The Champion                                        65
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Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy
Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini “What About China?”74                                  
Saint Martin de Porres A Man Among Men                                    83
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Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Mystic of the Wilderness                                 92
Blessed Marie-Clémentine Anuarite Nengapeta Sister Among Sisters102                                  
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Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God
Saint Elizabeth of Hungary The Princess Who Found True Love                       112
Saint Catherine of Siena Woman Afire121                                        
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Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven
Blessed Isidore Bakanja Member of Mary’s Family                              131
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