St. Therese and St. Francis–two spiritual giants celebrated in the same week

We celebrate two of the world’s most beloved saints this week–St. Thérèse of Lisieux (October 1) and St. Francis of Assisi (October 4). Time to break open some mobile apps that can help us get better acquainted with these two spiritual giants popular with Catholics and non-Catholics alike.


Saint of the Day ($2.99) iOS  St. Anthony Messenger’s most popular Web feature since 1997 is now available as an app. Saint of the Day allows you to carry the wisdom of the saints with you everywhere you go. SPECIAL FEATURES: Audio option included; Saints for every day of the year; Revised and updated to include both new and classic saints; extensive searchable database (by saint or cause); list of patron saints; Interactive calendar.

iPieta.($.99) Full version in iOSAndroid version is split up into several lite apps. This major app is loaded with liturgical, catechetical and spiritual texts. Among the spiritual writings it contains: just about everything Thérèse of Lisieux wrote, including her letters. Remarkable that we can get all that stuffed into our little phones or tablets, is it not?


LSt.Francisife of St. Francis of Assisi ($1.99) Blackberry. The Life of St. Francis by Fr. Candide Chalippe is packed with an easy to use functional book reader which means you can download the app and start reading. Full-length e-book.

St. Francis of Assisi app (Free) Android This is a cheesy little app with vintage holy card pictures but we can appreciate the thumbnail sketch it provides for this “patron saint of animals.” Yes, that kind of trivializes St. Francis, but for the price, you get some information about St Francis, a Daily Prayer, A Prayer for Animals, Franciscan Blessing of the Animals and The Canticle of the Sun.

The Life and Legends of Saint Francis of Assisi (Free) e-book The 1917 study of the stories surrounding Saint Francis. By Father Candide Chalippe, O.F.M. Granted, some of this scholarship is deficient, but you get a nice overview of the stories surrounding this remarkable holy man for your edification and meditation. To learn how to download e-books to your mobile device, click here.

Online Version
Compiled HTML Version (614 kb)
Microsoft Reader Version (495 kb)
Mobipocket Version (658 kb)

audio-catholic booksAudio Catholic Books MP3 ($8.99) iOS For the price of a single book you get 10 Catholic spiritual classics in MP3 format to enjoy listening to any time you have internet connection. These are not downloaded to your device, so you don’t have to take up valuable memory space. Beyond these books, you can add to your audio library with more selections at just .99 cents ea. This audio collection includes:
– “The Story of a Soul”; The Autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux (the Little Flower)
– “The Imitation of Christ” by Thomas a Kempis (a favorite book of St. Therese!)
– “Confessions” by St. Augustine
– “The Introduction to the Devout Life” by St. Francis de Sales
– “True Devotion to Mary” by St. Louis de Montfort
– “Practice of the Presence of God” by Br. Lawrence of the Resurrection
– “The Ascent of Mt. Carmel” by St. John of the Cross
– “The Friendship of Christ” by Mgsr. Robert Hugh Benson
– “The Interior Castle” by St. Teresa of Avila
– “The Way of Perfection” by St. Teresa of Avila

Finally, we remind you that October 4 is the Pope’s feast day! Jump on his Twitter account to send him warm wishes @Pontifex.

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Author:Jennifer Kane

Content Evangelist, Jennifer Kane, is a secular Carmelite (OCDS), wife, mother, grandmother who worked for more than 30 years in marketing/communications which included 20 years in radio broadcasting including news director. She holds degrees in Journalism/Communication (BA) and English (MA) from St. Bonaventure University. In 2016 she authored the Vatican application for minor basilica status for The Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels in Olean, New York. Pope Francis granted that title in 2017. Research on the basilica formed the basis of her history book, A Place Set Apart. She previously authored the book, A Worthy and Capable Clergyman, the second part of the history book in a slightly different format. She is founder and editor of the website,, the #1 English language website cataloging/reviewing Catholic apps for mobile devices.

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