Catholic Saints Prayer Book: Moments of Inspiration from Your Favorite Saints

Catholic Saints Prayer Book: Moments of Inspiration from Your Favorite Saints

by Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle

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Moments of inspiration from some of your favorite saints: strive to imitate their virtues, learn from their timeless wisdom, and ask for their intercessions.

Dear St. Padre Pio, Pray for me, please, that I may receive the graces I need to deeply participate in the holy sacrifice of the Mass. Please help me to desire humility, simplicity, and the spirit of obedience in my walk of life. Help me to realize the power in suffering united to the will of God. St. Padre Pio, pray for us and all who invoke your aid. If it is in God's holy will, please grant me (here mention your request). Amen.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612781303
Publisher: Our Sunday Visitor, Publishing Division
Publication date: 03/18/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 80
Sales rank: 326,623
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle, Catholic mother of five, best-selling author, award-winning journalist. She is the author of Catholic Prayer Book for Mothers (OSV). Her columns appear at:,, and

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Our family's home is filled with Catholic books, especially books on the saints. Would there be new book on the saints that would stand out? Could there really be a Catholic saints book that would be different than the ones already sitting on our book shelves? Well, when fellow Catholic blogger and online friend Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle gave me an opportunity to read and review her book, I was briefly hesitant to accept because I believed that it would just be another ordinary saints book. However, after reading Donna's little book recently published by Our Sunday Visitor I can honestly say that this book truly stands out. First of all, you can see it was a work of love on Donna's part. Here is a woman who is very spiritual and who has been blessed in her life to personally know a Catholic saint, Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Then there is the fact that the book in itself is beautiful to behold. It reminded me of the old fashioned books with the lovely designs and elegant fonts. It was not a cheap paperback but a quality hardcover book. The book itself is tiny in size yet packed full of interesting tidbits of favorite Catholic saints. Some of my favorite saints which I found covered in the book include: - St. Augustine - St. Faustina - St. Francis - St. John Chrysostom - St. Maximilian Kolbe - St. Padre Pio - St. Rita of Cascia - St. Thomas More Actually, it was very enjoyable reading about all the saints that were selected by Donna. I believe I learned something new on just about all the saints that I had not known before. For example, I did not know that St. Augustine started living with a woman at the age of fifteen! I also did not know that the sisters of St. Bernadette's convent treated her so harshly!! Each saint's page contains the feast day of that particular saint, a quote from either the saint, the Catechism of the Catholic Church or from scripture, a short list of all their patronages, (what they were patron saints of)a compact yet precise outline of the saint's biography and to make each entry special, Donna included a prayer for each particular saint. The little book also contains graphics that are not usually seen. For instance, St. Ignatius of Loyola's death mask. The first time I opened the book to read it was when my family and I were at the airport waiting for my niece and nephew to arrive. I took out the little book to read and was soon absorbed in it. Before I knew it, my husband was looking over my shoulder to read along with me and then soon our son was doing the same thing. In order to be fair we took turns reading the lovely little saints book. My husband commented that that I should always carry the book in my purse. He said it was a treasure. I thought that was an excellent suggestion and so that is what I have been doing since receiving the book. I really hope that if you are looking for a book on the saints that will captivate your family's interest and also be a prayer book for yourself, that you will consider buying this beautiful little book. Mahalo Donna for the opportunity to read your new book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We are fortunate to have the saints' life stories to encourage us and help us get through each day. This little book, Catholic Saints Prayers Book, carries a big message that the saints were people just like us. I have purchased 20 copies of Catholic Saints Prayer Book. I work at a Catholic hospital and have given them to co-workers and patients. The small size makes it possible for me to carry it with me in my jacket pocket. Sometimes, before I leave a patient's room, I show the book to them, open it, pick a saint randomly and read to them about the saint. I gave the book to a friend who had just had a baby. She used the book to help name her baby girl! This book is faith filled and will certainly inspire those who read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is proof that the lives of the saints are anything but boring. It fits in the side pocket of my going-somewhere-without-the-diaper-bag purse. I tuck it in my diaper bag or in my coat pocket. Sometimes I stow it with my prayer books, in a nook above my microwave. But it¿s not just the handy size that makes this book the perfect gift for just about anyone, and I am even thinking about giving it to a few young non-Catholics in my life - who doesn¿t love a hero? That¿s what this book is about. It¿s about heroes. It¿s about the saints of yesterday (and some of the yesterdays aren¿t so long ago!) who lived their faith. What you¿ll find in Catholic Saints Prayer Book: Moments of Inspiration from Your Favorite Saints is not a tome of dusty stories (though those have their place). You¿ll find just enough information about each of the 32 saints to whet your appetite and feed your prayer life. Using Donna¿s format, you get catechesis AND prayer. This isn¿t a book with exhaustive facts about every saint. Instead, it¿s a collection of snapshots to encourage you as you trundle along from one daily task to another.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Our family can never have too many books about the saints, and here's one to add to our collection. 'Catholic Saints Prayer Book' is an engaging compilation of short biographies. Original prayers and lovely illustrations accompany the profiles of thirty-two saints, along with quotes from those saints and info on their patronage. With its pocket size, 'Catholic Saints' is the perfect 'take along' inspirational reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In the introduction to her latest work, Catholic Saints Prayer Book, author Donna-Marie Cooper Oâ¿¿Boyle offers readers a concise yet inspiring bit of motivation for cultivating relationships with the saints. â¿¿Ultimately, we should see the saints as models of sanctity for us to imitate as well as tremendous intercessors, helping us when we invoke them. We should indeed seek out the saints who will surely help lead us to God, assisting us all along the way. â¿¿ Catholic Saints Prayer Book arms readers with the tools necessary to come to know these holy men and women in order to emulate the lives they led. Additionally, Cooper Oâ¿¿Boyleâ¿¿s lovingly formed words offer readers prompting prayers to build intercessory relationships with people who struggled just as we do along lifeâ¿¿s path toward a relationship with a loving heavenly Father. Donna Marieâ¿¿s book is just the right blend of biography and heart â¿¿ readers will find themselves edified about the lives of the thirty two saints covered and inspired to turn to these holy ones for intercessory aid and consolation. From spiritual â¿¿favoritesâ¿ such as St. Therese of Lisieux and St. Joseph to lesser known or newer saints such as St. Marguerite Bourgeoys or St. Padre Pio, each chapter offers the details of lives well lived, stirring quotations, and patronage and feast day information. Cooper Oâ¿¿Boyleâ¿¿s personally crafted prayers set this apart from other books on the Saints lives I have read in the past â¿¿ Donna-Marieâ¿¿s clear faith and beautiful soul shine through in each prayer and will encourage you to strive for sainthood along your own journey to heaven.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great little book of Saints!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Catholic Church's arsenal of saints is truly a resource that is sadly overlooked by contemporary Catholics. Donna's synopsis of the lives of popular saints is a welcome addition to my spiritual reading library. The heroic lifestyles of the holy men and women that are portrayed in such a clearly spiritual manner by the author are refreshing reminders that all of us as Catholics are called to the ultimate vocation of sainthood. A great book for catechesis and religious education for all levels of faithful Catholics and those interested in learning about the 'pillars' of Catholicism. Well done, this book is inspiration to Catholics seeking to identify more closely with the spiritual 'heavy-hitters' that have achieved the ultimate title...Saint! Hugh McNichol, Catholic author, reviewer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
¿We hope not just to make it to heaven one day, but rather to bring countless souls with us because of our life and how we have loved,¿ says Donna-Marie Cooper O¿Boyle in her new book, Catholic Saints Prayer Book. And there is no better way to do just that than by learning from those that did it best ¿ the saints. This handy compilation is packed with far more than its compact design would suggest. I was pleased with how much quality information it contained about the lives of over 30 of the Catholic Church¿s great saints. For each saint featured in the book, Donna-Marie provides a glimpse of the wisdom of each of these historic individuals along with a brief synopsis of their life. It even contains an insightfully crafted intercessory prayer for each saint. If you are looking to learn more about these heroic examples of our faith, this book is for you. It¿s to the point, packed with facts, and inspiring at every page turn - making it great for all ages. It¿s useful whether reading it all at once, or even just a few pages at a time. It makes a great reference book, too. Donna-Marie proclaims, as the Church does, that ¿we should indeed seek out the saints, who will surely help lead us to God, assisting us all along the way.¿ This book is a great place to let your seeking begin. - Matt Warner, President,
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Church¿s hagiography has inspired whole libraries of books, the best of which paint a distinctive portrait of one or more of our beloved spiritual mothers and fathers. We love to hear and tell these stories over and over, for these stories provide our only real connection in this life with our spiritual forebears, our only opportunity to know them as we would like. The Catholic Saints Prayer Book reminds us of another important reason to ruminate on the lives of the saints. This reason is perhaps best summed up in the words of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the spiritual mother of the author of this charming little book: ¿The Church of God needs saints today. This imposes a great responsibility on us. We must become holy not because we want to feel holy, but because Christ must be able to live His life fully in us¿ 'p.10'. Each of the thirty-two saints contained in this book remind us that the pathway to holiness is not easily traversed. It is a way of suffering. Of grief. Of struggle against our basest impulses. In the words of St. Ignatius of Loyola, ¿There is no better wood to kindle the fire of holy love than the wood of the cross.¿ Above all, it is a way of prayer. And for this, The Catholic Saints Prayer Book provides a simple yet eloquent resource for those who want to grow closer to our heavenly family. Each chapter includes a list of patronages, brief biography, and closing prayer to lead you gently yet deeply into that ¿blessed communion, fellowship divine.¿ Delicate illustrations are scattered throughout, making this a wonderful gift for birthdays, Mother¿s Day ¿ or simply for your own prayer corner.
Lisa_Mladinich More than 1 year ago
Reading this beautiful little book is a sweet, joy-filled time spent with close friends. With its succinct but fascinating and relevant biographies, quotes, and prayers, Catholic Saints Prayer Book draws my heart into an intimate experience of the lives of its 32 saints, many of whom are fast becoming favorites. I love to pray with it, and I can’t wait to share it!