Were there to be no support in the whole history of ethical and moral thought, were there no acknowledged confirmation from medical science, were the history of legal opinion to the contrary, we would still have to conclude on the basis of God's Holy Word that the unborn child is a person in the sight of God. He is protected by the sanctity of life graciously given to each individual by the Creator, Who alone places His image upon man and grants them any right to life which they have.
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Catholic Website Draws Children Closer to Patron Saints of Medical Issues
NASHUA, N.H., May 8, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- The new website www.MyFriendsTheSaints.com
encourages children to look to Jesus for help during medical
challenges. The site provides resources about the saints for beginning
readers, including books, prayer cards, and activity sheets. Bright
colors and engaging formats characterize the site.
Agatha Connelly, a practicing Catholic, started the site to give her own children role models during times of illness.
Connelly, "Children need models of strength and comfort when they feel
sick or uncomfortable. Teaching children about the saints and blesseds
eases their fears during medical challenges by introducing them to holy
men, women, and children who experienced similar struggles and drew
closer to Jesus during that time."
Connelly originally wrote the
stories offered by the site for her own children. As she states, "When
my son was in kindergarten, I looked for easy reader books about the
saints. I could not find books that had both colorful pictures and
language for the beginning reader. I first started to write stories for
my three young children. They enjoyed them and encouraged me to publish
Using the penname "Mary Lagneau" provided a meaningful
purpose for Connelly. "I wrote the books during my family's struggle
with chronic autoimmune diseases. I wanted to say "thank you" to Jesus
for inspiring the stories during a difficult time. The name honors the
Blessed Mother, Mary, and Jesus as "Lagneau," or lamb of God.
books and accompanying prayer cards are currently available: Blessed
Jacinta Patron for Children With Tummy Troubles and Saint Bernadette
Patron for Children With Asthma. The third book, Saint Blaise Patron for
Children With Sore Throats, will be available this summer.