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, etc. ideal for intermediate readers and college or church libraries.
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Nearby, John, James, and their father Zebedee were mending their nets, too. Suddenly they heard the noise of a large crowd swarming over the hill. Looking up, they saw Jesus coming toward them. There were so many people with him that Peter was afraid someone would get hurt, or that Jesus would be pushed into the water. Before Peter could say a word, Jesus was stepping into his boat. He asked Peter to pull out a few feet from the shore. Once they had dropped anchor, Jesus continued to teach the people from the boat.
The people held their breath. Only Thecla seemed unworried. Although the lion’s breath was now hot on her face, she stood peacefully, looking toward the sky. The lion lowered his large head and lay down beside her. He began to lick her feet! A murmur of astonishment arose from all sides. ” the governor shouted angrily. A short-furred lioness leaped out of the cage. She also ran around the arena, roared fiercely, and pawed the ground. Then, attracted by the peaceful girl, she rubbed up against Thecla’s hands as a little kitten might have done!
After three days of searching, they went to the Temple. And there was Jesus, in the midst of a circle of rabbis and other teachers. These important men were holding a conversation with Jesus. His wisdom and knowledge amazed them. Mary hurried over to Jesus. “Son, why have you done this to us? ” Joseph didn’t say anything, but his face shone with pride as he took the boy’s slim hand into his big rough one. He didn’t mind that Jesus had been there in the Temple. He knew that Jesus had been busy with something very important.