Saint Training

Saint Training

Book - 2010
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During the turbulent 1960s, sixth-grader Mary Clare O'Brian makes a deal with God: she will try to become a saint if He provides for her large, cash-strapped family.
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Mich. : Zonderkidz, c2010
ISBN: 9780310720188
Characteristics: 239 p. ; 23 cm


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PimaLib_Kids Feb 09, 2017

I liked this because it was a cool story. -Nathan, age 7

Apr 19, 2014

This is a story about growing up in a Catholic family during the late 1960’s. The author writes from her own childhood experience and the story is well written and quite authentic. I was going to recommended this to my 13 year old until I read the conclusions in the last chapter and the author’s note. Here the author had a great opportunity to present to readers the Catholic church of today (Pope Francis didn’t come out of nowhere). Instead, she relies on her own authority and demonstrates her ignorance. For one thing, we are not free, as she states, to interpret God’s word anyway we feel like. Interpreting Sacred Scripture requires education and knowledge about the different writing styles (poetry, myth, history, eyewitness accounts, theology etc.) found in the Bible. You also have to understand Jewish beliefs at the time of Jesus to understand the New Testament. Finally, add to this guidance from the Holy Spirit and centuries of wisdom. Following the author’s opinion to the extreme can end up as religious fundamentalism (taking every word of the Bible literally) or self-gratifying ego worship (as in the spiritual journey portrayed in Eat Pray Love). As for the author’s distaste for saccharine portrayals of the Virgin Mary and St. Theresa, I agree! But that shouldn’t hinder anybody, young or old, from striving to be a saint. The Catholic church honors saints because they are role models (heroes if you will) for people to take courage from. Many started out as terribly flawed human beings. With God’s help they were able to overcome their own weaknesses to become saints. St. Theresa of Lisieux suffered from extreme anxiety and possibly mental illness. She lived in obscurity and died at age 24 yet her spiritual writings have inspired countless people. She is a Doctor of the Church because her ideas are considered very important.

LocketLibrarian Apr 05, 2011

Nice piece of historical fiction, taking place in 1967 and focusing on the VietNam war and Vatican II.


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