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My Year With the Saints for Kids


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Compiled by Peter Celano

“May the Lord grant us all the hope of being saints.”

Pope Francis recently shared this prayer with the world – and that includes kids. You, too, can become a saint. You just have to open your heart and let God help you.

This book introduces you to a saint every day—people like you who made the choice to love Jesus and give their lives to him. These stories, prayers, and suggestions for becoming holy are designed with your needs and your life in mind. Once you get underway toward sainthood, you should go ahead and reveal these examples and teachings to the adults around you, too. We all need this!


“‘We can become saints because the Lord helps us. . . .[Becoming a saint] is the greatest gift that each one of us can give to the world.’ These words from Pope Francis are intended for all of us, both young and old. My Year with the Saints for Kids, compiled by Peter Celano, is designed to help children aim for holiness. Each day’s entry features a short saint or scriptural quote followed by a brief prayer or reflection question. This book would be best for children ages 7 and up. The quotes, reflections, and prayers are all relevant to adults and teens as well as children. My Year with the Saints for Kids would be a great addition to a morning basket for children or for use with family prayer time.” —Today's Catholic

“A treasure trove of Saints for kids to keep the Saints alive in their lives! My Year With the Saints For Kids underscores Pope Francis’s words: 'All the Saints of God are there to protect me, to sustain me and carry me.' This beautiful treasury is a sure answer for weariness, distraction, or doubt that can creep in from the culture. Your children and grandchildren will find encouragement and be reminded of the Saints’ wisdom, guidance, and protection each time they pick up this book! I highly recommend it!” —Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle, EWTN TV Host, international speaker, and award-winning author of more than twenty five books, including: Angels For Kids, My Confirmation Book, and Our Lady’s Message to Three Shepherd Children and the World

My Year with the Saints For Kids is a great little book that I can't wait to read and use in evening prayers with my daughter. It's simple and accessible. The prayers are pointed and easy to understand. The brief saint biographies are both informative and exciting, and I love that each day incorporates a simple quote to help children contemplate their call to be saints themselves. This book is a gift to Catholic families, and you should have a copy in your home, ready to use and pray with!” —Katie Prejean McGrady, international Catholic speaker; author of Room 24: Adventures of a New Evangelist and Follow: Your Lifelong Adventure with Jesus; host of The Electric Waffle; wife and mom.

Author, Peter Celano is a writer and editor at Paraclete Press in Massachusetts.

Paperback, 2019

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