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 on. ideal for intermediate readers and college or church libraries.
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According to the custom of the times, the young couple waited a while before beginning their life together. While they were waiting, the Archangel Gabriel was sent by God to ask Mary to become the Mother of the Messiah, by the power of the Holy Spirit. “I am God’s servant,” Mary replied. ” Later, in a dream, another angel told Joseph that Mary was going to have a child by the power of the Holy Spirit. “You must name him Jesus,” said the angel. ”) Joseph was a carpenter and spent his days making furniture and farm tools for the people of Nazareth.
When Jesus was twelve, the family made a pilgrimage to the holy city of Jerusalem. It was the time of the Passover feast, and many of their neighbors were also going. Jesus and his parents traveled with people from other small cities of Galilee. In Jerusalem, the little family spent hours in the huge Temple. They also visited with their friends and relatives. At last it was time to return home. They started out early in the morning. Mary traveled with the women and Joseph with the men, as was the custom in those days.
Thecla couldn’t sleep that night. What she had heard fired her imagination, and she felt sorry that she had not spoken to the two preachers. At sunrise, she knew what she must do. Calling one of the servants to go with her, Thecla hurried to the temple of Castor and Pollux, where she found Paul and Barnabas. “Speak to me,” she begged them. “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.