Fans of Lisa Hendey’s Handbook for Catholic Moms have looked forward to her next offering, and this follow-up book is just as thought-provoking, supportive, and helpful as her first work. In A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms, Lisa writes with candor, knowledge, and enthusiasm about the lives of the saints and how they can serve as our models for the vocation of motherhood.
This collection is very comprehensive, recommending saints from all walks of life as inspiration for Catholic mothers who themselves come from a variety of circumstances. As in her earlier book, Lisa writes with understanding about the challenges of raising children and the need for support and spiritual companionship. She shares stories from her own life and classifies each saint as having touched one aspect of her life in particular – Heart, Mind, Body, or Soul.
The book is structured to allow the reader to discover and reflect upon one saint per week over a period of 52 weeks, but it could also be a useful reference when undergoing a specific struggle or bearing a particularly difficult cross. Because the Table of Contents includes a subtitle for each saint explaining the unique aspect of the person’s life that Lisa chooses to focus upon, one could easily flip through the contents to find a particular saint for a given topic.
The chapters are structured to offer concrete suggestions for getting to know each saint and the virtues associated with him/her. Hendey begins with a short biography of the saint, followed by reflections from her own experience and tidbits of traditions associated with the saint. She provides a guide to “This Week in Scripture” with a particular verse for the day and suggestions for reflection. There are saint-inspired activities both for moms and for enjoying with children, closing with a prayer for the family and a final thought to ponder.
Using this book as a guide for a period of 52 weeks would give you a much broader appreciation both for the vocation of motherhood and the role the saints can play in your own life. It would also be great for a mothers’ group to work through or as a gift for moms of any age, particularly those with children still at home.
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