saints

Tragedy prompts family to turn to saints, start company to share devotion

Joe and Colleen Klinker came up with the idea of Tiny Saints to explain the concept of death and heaven to their children after the stillborn birth of a daughter. They have since begun selling the charms.

ARLINGTON, Va. — Small, colorful plastic Catholic saints can be seen hanging from key chains, zippers and backpacks alongside Hello Kitty and Pokemon.

They're called Tiny Saints, and founders Joe and Colleen Klinker conceived the idea as they explained the death of their stillborn daughter, Melody Paige, to her older siblings.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Learning by counter-example

We learn a great deal from the saints of salvation history. They teach by example: "Be like this!" We learn a great deal from the sins of salvation history, as well. These teach by counter-example: "Don't be like this!"

The readings this week are full of teachings by counter-example.

Holy Rosary ‘Saints Museum’ celebrates Catholic education

Saints Museum player and Holy Rosary School eighth-grader Emma Buskin, center, talked about the life of St. Catherine of Bologna with fellow students. Emma dressed up as St. Catherine to give her presentations about the founder of the Poor Clares as part of the Saints Museum at Holy Rosary.

Five saints filled the small front office at Holy Rosary School in Warrenton on a recent morning as they waited to see the principal.

"Oh, my heart is so warm," said Lori Racine as she came out of her office to meet St. Catherine of Bologna, St. Cecilia, St. Sebastian, St. Bernadette and St. Hubert. "Remember to talk naturally, like you're telling a story about yourself."

All saints are role models, worthy of veneration

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Saints are a big deal for Catholics in the Rome of the West.

After all, we live in a metropolis named after a saint, the only saint among the kings of France — St. Louis, or King Louis IX.

Two saints have direct ties to the St. Louis area: St. Rose Philippine Duchesne came here in 1818 and founded the first schools in the St. Louis area; and St. Peter Claver was credited with a miracle healing, necessary for sainthood, in 1862 at St. Joseph Shrine Downtown.

BRIMMING WITH HOPE | When the saints go marching in

In about a week, thousands of children will dress in costumes and assume an alter ego. On Halloween, they will dress up as movie characters, sports celebrities or scary figures. While trick-or-treating is fun, everyone knows this is a once-a-year chance to pretend to be something they will never become.

DEAR FATHER | Saints serve as foundation of Church’s witness to holiness

Saints are primarily mentioned in two Eucharistic Prayers.

The first is the First Eucharistic Prayer, or the Roman Canon. It's the oldest Eucharistic Prayer, because it was developed by St. Peter while he was in Rome. After him, popes have added to the prayer and changed it until Pope St. Gregory the Great (who died in 604) put it into its final form. Since then, it has rarely changed, for the Church holds this prayer as part of our tradition.

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