Catholicism - Now I Get It!


Study Guide to CHAPTER 13: "Now I Get  . . . The Saints"




Who is your patron saint and what can you remember about him or her?

Was your parish named for a saint? What did this saint do?

Make a list of a few other saints. What role did the Eucharist and other sacraments play in the lives of these saints?

How did the lives and goals of these saints clash with values prevalent in Western culture today?

How were these saints influenced positively by the people around them?

Did these saints struggle with sin? What tools and weapons did they use to fight sin?

What is the communion of saints? How are we all connected?

Who is the patron saint of cancer? Lost things? Slander? Heart ailments? Women? Babies? Astronomy? Television?   (Hint: Answers can be found at

How do we know that the prayers of a holy saint are even stronger than the prayer of one of our friends? (Hint: See James 5:16)

Many of the saints in the Early Church were martyrs. If you were called to be a martyr right now, would your faith be strong enough?

Have you read anything that was written by a saint? What was it?

What shrines are in or around your city?


Suggestions for further reading

Mother Cabrini: Italian Immigrant of the Century by Sister Mary Sullivan, Ph.D.

Padre Pio: The True Story by C. Bernard Ruffin

Saint Katharine Drexel : Apostle to the Oppressed by Lou Baldwin

Encyclopedia of Catholic Saints (published by Our Sunday Visitor)

Praying in the Presence...with Fulton Sheen (Our Sunday Visitor – devotional)

Praying in the Presence...with Thomas Aquinas (Our Sunday Visitor - devotional)

Praying in the Presence...With the Saints (Our Sunday Visitor – devotional)

Raised from the Dead: True Stories of 400 Resurrection Miracles by Fr. Albert J. Hebert

Forty Dreams of St. John Bosco by St. John Bosco

Mysteries, Marvels and Miracles in the Lives of the Saints by Joan Carroll Cruz



Video: A Time for Miracles (story of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton)

Video: St. Francis of Assisi (starring Bradford Dillman)

Video St. Joan of Arc (1999) (starring Leelee Sobieski)

Video: Don Bosco: (1988) A Film by Leandro Castellano (starring Ben Gazzara)

Video: St Augustine: His Life & Spirituality (with Fr. Benedict Groeschel)

Video: Bernadette (1988 - starring Sydney Penny)

Video: A Man for All Seasons (1966) (Academy Award winner – conflict between St. Thomas More & King Henry VIII)

Video: Therese: the Story of a Saint (2004)

Video: The Song of Bernadette (1943) – nominated for 12 Academy Awards!



The Day the Sun Danced (true story of 1917 apparition of Mary in Portugal)

St. Juan Diego: Messenger of Guadalupe (true story of miracle in Mexico)

St. Patrick: Brave Shepherd of the Emerald Isle

St. Nicholas: the Boy who became Santa

Bernadette: the Princess of Lourdes (true story)

St. Francis: the Knight of Assisi

Guardian Angel Video

The Fifth Word: The Life of Mother Teresa


         Helpful entries from the online Catholic Encyclopedia. (St. Francis of Assisi) (St. Clare of Assisi) (St. John of the Cross) (St. Valentine) (St. Thomas Aquinas) (St. Colette) (St. Ignatius Loyola) (St. Patrick) (St. Brigid of Ireland) (St. Rose of Lima) (St. Francis de Sales) (St. Catherine of Siena) (St. Teresa of Avila) (St. Michael the Archangel) (St. Gabriel the Archangel) (Relics) (Miracles)


Which saints were Church Fathers?

Here are just a few:   St. Augustine ,   St. Justin Martyr,   St. Clement,   St. Ignatius of Antioch

 St. Jerome,   St. Irenaeus of Lyons,   St. Ambrose,   St. Athanasius St. Basil the Great

 St. Cyril of Jerusalem,   St. John Chrysostom  



HELPFUL WEB SITES    (THE SAINTS)    (Patron Saints Index)    (Pilgrimages)    (Saint Faustina)




The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux: The Story of a Soul (John Beevers, translator)

Thoughts of St. Therese: The Little Flower of Jesus Carmelite of the Monastery of Lisieux, 1873-1897 by St. Therese of Lisieux

The Confessions by St. Augustine

The City of God by St. Augustine

Letters of St. Augustine of Hippo

Summa Theologica  by St. Thomas Aquinas

Interior Castle by St. Teresa de Avila

The Letters of St. Teresa de Avila

The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ by the Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich. An alternative version is located here.

Confessio by St. Patrick

Spiritual Exercises by St. Ignatius Loyola

The Exercise of Virtue by St. Francis de Sales

The Sermons of St. Francis de Sales on Prayer

St. Therese of Lisieux on Prayer

St. Therese of Lisieux on Suffering




St. Jerome:  "We do not worship, we do not adore [non colimus, non adoramus], for fear that we should bow down to the creature rather than to the Creator, but we venerate [honoramus] the relics of the martyrs in order the better to adore Him whose martyrs they are." ("Ad Riparium", i, P. L., XXII, 907):

St. Cyril of Alexandria: We by no means consider the holy martyrs to be gods, nor are we wont to bow down before them adoringly, but only relatively and reverentially [ou latreutikos alla schetikos kai timetikos]."("Adv. Julian.", vi, P. G. LXXVI, 812)

Martyr St. Theodore by St. Gregory of Nyssa (P. G., XLVI, 735-48). According to Catholic Encyclopedia: Contrasting the horror produced by an ordinary corpse with the veneration paid to the body of a saint the preacher expatiates upon the adornment lavished upon the building which had been erected over the martyr's resting place, and he describes how the worshipper is led to approach the tomb "believing that to touch it is itself a sanctification and a blessing and if it be permitted to carry off any of the dust which has settled upon the martyr's resting place, the dust is accounted as a great gift and the mould as a precious treasure. And as for touching the relics themselves, if that should ever be our happiness, only those who have experienced it and who have had their wish gratified can know how much this is desirable and how worthy a recompense it is of aspiring prayer" (col. 740).


Further Helps

1. Saints are real-life examples of the path to Jesus. They are human, yet they keep their eye on the goal: Jesus Christ. Stop by the library or bookstore and p ick out a biography of a saint that interests you. View a movie or documentary about a saint. Try to emulate that saint in some little way. Ask him or her to pray for your special intentions. Stay loyal to your new friend, who can be of great help to you. After all, the saints see Jesus face to face, and are filled with love for those who need help.

2. .A major motion film on the simple life of St. Therese Lisieux was shown at selected theaters in 2004. The DVD is available at Invite some friends over to watch. The movie is called Therese: The Story of St. Therese of Lisieux.

3. Jot down a prayer or writings of one of your favorite saints prayed. Keep it close to you.

Here are just a few:

Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi ,   St. Therese Lisieux on Suffering ,   Morning Prayer by St. Therese Lisieux ,   Prayer of St. Bonaventure ,   Prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas ,   Prayer of St. Patrick ,   St. Faustina’s Prayer Before Eucharist ,   Prayer by St. Ephrem ,   Prayer to St. Mary Magdalene ,   Memorare to St. Joseph ,   Prayer of all types

4. For special favors, there are nine-day novenas that may be said to specific saints. Surf around the Internet and print some out. Check out some extra strong novenas HERE.

5. Everybody likes a road trip. Combine your next one with a visit to a shrine of a saint. For example, if you are coming to Philadelphia, be sure to come by the National Shrine of St. John Neumann, where the little bishop’s body still rests. In New York, visit the Padre Pio Shrine. In Baltimore, visit the St. Jude Shrine. In Lowell, Mass., visit the St. Joseph the Worker Shrine. In San Francisco, visit the national shrine to St. Francis of Assisi. Here is some information on some other Catholic Shrines in the United States. Info on shrines near you:

6. It is thought that God gives saints extra grace on their feast days to help people. Check out the saint of the day and ask for his or her help




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