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 (and other media resources) 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 iOS. Android 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?
Life 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.
A Novena (Latin: Novem, meaning Nine) is a pious devotion of public or private prayers repeated for nine consecutive days calling on Our Lord and his saints for help with various earthly struggles. This app lists no less than 100 different dilemmas and concerns divided into four categories: health, occupation, situations and states of life. The app helps you locate the particular saint the Church has chosen for intercession in your concern along with his/her inspiring story–pious, vintage holy card artwork supplied for each saint. Don’t look for elaborate novenas that serve up a different prayer/reflection for each day with this app. You get a single simple prayer that you offer each day with your intention inserted. Search feature included. We would love to see future updates with new saints like St. Therese of Lisieux’s parents -Louis & Zelie Martin (October 18, 2015 canonization). Developers report that Android format and Spanish language option are in the works.
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Often, we think of saints as having been very different from us. However, their lives and ours bear striking similarities. They suffered loss, disappointment, rejection, disease, heartache, or addiction just like us, the not-yet-so-saintly. Where they differed is perseverance. You and I are still in the thick of it. For the saints, obstacles were no less real, but they did not discourage their faith in a God who loved them, and through that love transformed ordinary human beings into exemplary models.
– “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 a feast day for the Pope! Jump on his Twitter account to send him warm wishes @Pontifex.