We’ve written Sitting Like A Saint for two reasons: to help you introduce your children to some of the great saints of our faith, and to help you and your children grow in the peace beyond all understanding that comes from being loved by a Father who takes care of us. Mindfulness may seem like a new concept, but as it is presented in this Catholic context, it is something that has been practiced since Jesus commanded us to “not be anxious” about our lives. These exercises are an effective way of teaching our children, through the bodies God gave us, how to accept our feelings without criticizing ourselves for having them, and at the same time how to control our expression of them. In our own family we’ve experienced that often when we devote time and energy to helping our kids, we end up helping ourselves as well. We can’t give them what we don’t have, so learning how to trust God and let go of our fears, worries, and frustrations is the best way to model that peace for our children. We pray that in teaching your children about God and the saints who have loved him in the past, you will also experience a bit of that peace.
Greg and Barbra
Meet the Saints
Who hasn't heard of St. Francis? Did you know though that he overcame many emotional and familial difficulties by learning how to love God with his whole being? By placing himself under the waterfalls of God's love and mercy, St. Francis was transformed out of the imperfection of his old way of life into a vibrant, joyful, and holy life of perfection.
St. Simon Stylites
St. Simon Stylites was a Syriac ascetic saint who achieved notability for living 37 years on a small platform on top of a pillar near Aleppo. Simeon was the son of a shepherd and developed a zeal for Christianity at the age of 13, following a reading of the Beatitudes. He entered a monastery before the age of 16. He first lived on a narrow cliff before ending up on his platform. Children from the village would bring him food and water and lift it up to him.
The Holy Prophet Elijah
Blessed Solanus Casey
Blessed Solanus was known during his lifetime as a wonderworker, for his great faith, and for his abilities as a spiritual counselor - but especially for his great attention to the sick, for whom he celebrated special Masses. The friar was much sought-after and came to be revered in Detroit where he resided. He also loved to play his violin.
St. Joan of Arc
St. John Paul 2
The Blessed Virgin Mary
Blessed Pier Georgio Frassati
St. Padre Pio
St. Teresa of Avila
SAMPLE AUDIO EXERCISES
St. Francis of Assisi – Calming the Wolf of Gubbio
St. Simeon Stylites – Sitting On A Pillar