Alphabet saint book aims to introduce kids to heavenly friends

CNA Staff, Dec 17, 2020 / 06:52 pm (CNA).- A new book for young children aims to both teach kids the alphabet and introduce them to new heavenly friends – through pictures and rhymes about more than two dozen saints.

ABC Get to Know the Saints with Me is available through EWTN Publishing Inc., and was written by Caroline Perkins, brand content editor at Church Pop, a service of EWTN.

Perkins told CNA that asking the saints for their intercession is part of her daily prayer life.

“I turn to [the saints’] wisdom during tough times or periods of dryness,” she said. “I also like to learn about new saints!”

Perkins wanted to help families share this love of the saints with their children from a young age.

“Laying a faith-based foundation is so important,” she said. “I can’t imagine where I would be if I didn’t have that to fall on as I got older. The world is providing less than ideal ‘role models’ for our kids.”

ABC Get to Know the Saints with Me teaches letters of the alphabet, each with a picture and a rhyme about the life of saint. The book encourages children to pursue sainthood.

Perkins said she knew she wanted to include some of her personal favorite saints in the book – including Mary, Joseph, Maximilian Kolbe, Faustina, and Pope John Paul II.

“The others I was able to fill in as I went through the alphabet,” she said, noting that with the rich Communion of Saints in the Church, “there are a lot to choose from.”

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  1. And there’a Fr Damien De Veuster, Fr Miguel Pro, Catherine of Siena [some women can teach men to be men] and on and on. Witness of the saints including martyrs are a wonderful catechetical instrument for kids, and us. All the saints witnessed to the truth of our faith, lived it, and died for it either with blood or with painful witness. Our Catholic Catechism as good as it is, or was prior to undo modification is subject to change. Not the saints historical testimony inspired by the Holy Spirit. What a study of the saints inspires in us is their priorities, their weaknesses, and how like the Apostle Paul they managed their weakness. “I rejoice in my weaknesses because then I am strong, that the power of Christ comes to rest upon me”. Catherine the Sienese firebrand admonished pontiffs. Jean Vianney desiring the contemplative life left Ars time and again and returned to his parish drawn by what fires the hearts of all the saints, the love placed there by Christ for their parishioners, for the person entrapped in evil. It’s a fragrant love, love that compels a retired priest in his eighties to refuse retirement in FL and to keep offering Mass, driving through snow to preach the truth of the faith in repudiation of the lies to a starving Laity. That inspires a young man to the missions in Africa, where it is more dangerous than ever due to vicious, evil Muslim fanaticism. It’s to feed into and capture what Christ’s love really is. An all consuming, saving fire that defines our humanness, and gives it life.

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