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St. Louis and the Last Crusade (Newest title from the Vision Series)
By Margaret Ann Hubbard
Louis IX of France, who took the throne in 1226, had one aim in life - to be a good king. Guided by the advice of his mother, he ruled well and was beloved by his people. At the age of twenty-eight he took the cross of the crusade and, with his army, set out for Egypt to defeat the Saracens, the most energetic enemies of the Holy Land. Instead, the Saracens charged to victory and imprisoned Louis, whose saintly conduct while in prison shamed his captors. Released, and after another miserable failure in Palestine, he returned to France broken in health but still fired with the desire to liberate the Holy Land. And so again, St. Louis led his men out from France, this time on the last crusade.
Kateri Tekakwitha: Mohawk Maiden (Canonized Oct. 21, 2012)
By Evelyn M. Brown
A wonderful story about a young woman converted to Christianity by St. Isaac Jogues himself. This story follows Blessed Kateri from the death of her family to the tragic early end of her life. She accepts her struggles, offering them up to Christ. A fascinating tale of a remarkable woman. Paperback, 178 pages.
St. Helena and the True Cross
By Louis de Wohl
The newest Vision Book! Set against the colorful background of power struggles in imperial Rome and battling Roman legions, this is the exciting story of St. Helena, mother of the Emperor Constantine, who found the Cross of Christ in Jerusalem. This book for young people paints a vivid portrait of a remarkable woman who overcame every obstacle with faith, hope, perseverance... and a healthy dose of ambition.
In this 29th book in the acclaimed Vision Books series for youth, Louis de Wohl, known for his masterful storytelling, describes the amazing events that led to the conversion of Helena and the rise to power of her son. He also recounts the vision Constantine experienced on the eve of a pivotal battle and his subsequent legalization of Christianity in the fourth century. The story dramatically concludes with St. Helena's final accomplishment-her dangerous and miraculous expedition to the Holy Land.
Florence Nightingale's Nuns
By Emmeline Garnett
Sisters of St. Vincent de Paul in Alexandria, Egypt. After that, when she established a hospital to tend the wounded during the Crimean War (1854 - 1856), she welcomed the assistance of thirty-eight women, including a group of Catholic nuns. This Vision Book for youth presents the moving story of those ten heroic nuns, from the Convent of Mercy in Bermondsey, England. The conditions in military hospitals at that time were extremely primitive and often lacked even the most basic necessities for treating the wounded and dying. But these dedicated nurses, especially the devoted nuns who saw Christ in their patients, sought to give them the very best care possible. Their successful struggle to establish higher standards of sanitation and care became widely known after the war, and Florence Nightingale became famous. (158pp.)
Our Lady Came to Fatima
By Ruth Fox Hume
The latest addition to the Vision Book Series is here! Our Lady Came to Fatima is a beautiful account of the Blessed Mother's appearances to the 3 Portuguese children in 1917. Even if you think you have read enough versions of Our Lady of Fatima, do not pass this book up! Not only are readers given an inside look at the lives of Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta before and after Our Lady's appearances in the Cova da Iria but the author details Lucia's life after Francisco and Jacinta's passing. We witness Lucia's entrance to the Dorothean convent at Vilar, her return to Aljustrel in 1946 and her devotion in becoming a Carmelite. Whether reading about Our Lady of Fatima for the first time or the tenth time, you will be inspired by the children's unwavering faith and willingness to sacrifice for the salvation of sinners! (Paperback, 190 pages)
Fr. Damien and the Bells
By Arthur and Elizabeth Sheehan
Read about his extraordinary love of souls! Fr. Damien requested the duty of ministering to the outcast lepers of Molokai. Set in the 1870s in the Hawaiian islands, this is an inspiring true story of the ultimate gift of self. At a time when no effective treatment for leprosy had been found, this young priest made himself an exile to serve the lepers confined to Molokai. Read about Damien's efforts against all odds that showed forth his truly Christ-like sacrifice until his death as a leper. The great author Robert Louis Stevenson was so moved after seeing Damien's legacy that he wrote eloquently in his defense when the priest's reputation was called into question. (PB, 180 pp., ages 9-15, Illustrated) Code VISB-025.
St. Thomas Aquinas and the Preaching Beggars
By Brendan Larnen, O.P., and Milton Lomask
Dominican Fr. Brendan Larnen and children's author Milton Lomask present the latest in the Vision Books series of saints' lives for youth. The story of St. Thomas Aquinas is one full of moving and dramatic scenes: the flaming destruction of Monte Cassino Abbey, the reception into the Dominican order of the quiet, determined young Thomas, the breath-taking escape from the donjon tower, and the striking instances of the saint's eloquence and brilliance. In this 26th volume of the acclaimed Vision Books series of saints' lives, children from ages 9 to 15 will enjoy the exciting story of the man who wrote the masterful Summa Theologica, the advisor to popes who refused ecclesiastical honor, the simple friar who shook the medieval world with his intellect. (PB, 150 pages) *LB Syllabus 8th Grade
Mother Cabrini: Missionary to the World
By Frances Parkinson Keyes
In 1946, Francesca Cabrini was canonized as the first saint of the United States. This Vision book for 9 - 15 year olds tells the exciting story of this missionary from Italy who came to America to spread the Faith. She founded a new order nuns, the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, to teach the Faith and work with the poor in our country. She was a tireless missionary who crossed the ocean 37 times to expand her order across the world to France, England, Spain; in Central and South America; in the United States from coast to coast including New York, New Orleans, Denver, Seattle (where she took the oath of U.S. citizenship) and Chicago, where she died in 1917, a saint of our time. Illustrated
St. Elizabeth's Three Crowns
By Blanche Jennings Thompson
This story in the Vision Books series of saints for 9 - 15 year olds is about Saint Elizabeth of Hungary who spent her life differently than most saints. Instead of living in poverty like St. Francis of Assisi, she lived most of her life in a castle surrounded by incredible wealth. She was born Princess Elizabeth of Hungary, the daughter of King Andrew. By the age of four she was already engaged to be married and was sent far away from her home to live with Louis, her husband-to-be, who was only 10 years old. From the beginning of her life in her new castle, Elizabeth was ridiculed by all of those people who were jealous of her. They noticed that she was always trying to be holy. As she would play games with other children, she would contrive little ways to sneak into the chapel and have a visit with Jesus. Although Elizabeth was a princess, she longed to live the kind of poverty she heard about through the Franciscans. She became a member of the Third Order of St. Francis and she constantly gave her jewels and best clothes to the poor. Sometimes she gave everything away and had nothing nice to wear, but Jesus always provided for her at the last minute. When she emptied the castle store-houses of grain for the poor, Jesus would miraculously fill them up again. Her subjects were never able to grow accustomed to the queen who lived the life of a saint, but they always appreciated her generosity and saw in her such simplicity and holiness. Only four years after her death she was canonized a saint.
Mother Seton and the Sisters of Charity
By Alma Power-Waters
In 1975, Mother Elizabeth Seton was canonized as America's first native-born Roman Catholic saint. This Vision Book tells the inspiring true story of the life of Elizabeth Bayley Seton from her childhood in a distinguished New York family to her becoming a sister and foundress of an order of nuns. Born in 1774, Elizabeth Bayley grew up in a well-to-do Protestant family and seemed destined for a tranquil life. At age 19 she married William Seton and together they had five children. Tragedy struck when William died of tuberculosis in 1803. Elizabeth learned that her family fortune was lost as well. She converted to Catholicism at a time when Catholics were the object of persecutions in the United States. Her family was shocked by this decision. Elizabeth met Bishop Carroll of Maryland, and he gave her the inspiration to found the American Sisters of Charity and the first American parochial Catholic school. In time her order of sisters flourished, and they established more schools, orphanages and hospitals across the United States. At her early death (46 years old) Mother Seton's congregation numbered twenty-one communities throughout the country.
Edmund Campion: Hero of God's Underground
By Harold C. Gardiner S.J.
From the famous Vision Books series of lives of saints for young people, this is the inspiring dramatic account of the colorful and courageous life and death of the martyr, St. Edmund Campion, "hero of God's underground" during the persecutions of the Catholics in England in the 1500s. Campion, the most celebrated young scholar of his day, was on his way to becoming the Archbishop of Canterbury until a crisis of conscience turned him back to his Catholic faith. He fled England, became a Jesuit priest, and was sent back to be the leader of the underground ministry to the persecuted Catholics until, after a long and frustrated search, the government finally captured him and brutally executed him. His daring and brilliant underground ministry to Catholics all over England, his zeal for the faith, and his great courage and joy in the face of martyrdom are all related in this compelling story for youth.Originally published in the 50's-60's. They are now being reprinted by Ignatius Press. Wonderful heroes for the children. Through these stories children learn about real men and women who said 'yes' to God. They also provide a real picture of life in various lands and time periods. (PB, approx. 130-180pp. each. Ages 9-12, Gr. 4-9)