Tuesday 7 December 2021

Saint Pio of Pietrelcina Rich in Love - Eileen Dunn Bertanzetti and Karen Ritz - Encounter the Saints Series Book 13

Saint Pio of Pietrelcina: 
Rich in Love
Encounter the Saints Series Book 13
Eileen Dunn Bertanzetti
Karen Ritz (Illustrator)
Pauline Books and Media
ISBN 9780819870674
eISBN 9780819871572

I have now read all of the books in this series. This is a excellent book in an wonderful series! As a family we have read over 30 books in this series so far. I started reading them myself reading books on Saint Damien of Molokai and Saint Edith Stein Blessed by the Cross. Then started reading them with my three youngest children. My children and I love this series. We have read many of the books more than once. I have read about Saint Padre Pio previously and really enjoyed this biography And his faith and life as it is presented in this book. 

This is an excellent series is! With my three children and I we have now read all of the books in this series. I have read them either by myself, or with one or more child. My youngest 2 children current ages 14, 11, still both love these books. And they have read or reread them frequently. My son wants to have the complete set in his room, so he keeps asking to buy his own copies, he loves these books so much. We have picked up several volumes to donate to the school library. I would love to have the whole set in the school library as a resource when the students are picking confirmation saints. With each reading of a book in this series we appreciate this series more. And though only one book has been released since we started reading them a few years ago, we hope there will be more books released in the series in the future. I would love to see how this series handles Saint Josemaria Escriva, Blessed Carlo Actus, … and many more. We would also like to eventually see eBooks of all of the volumes in the series. With my dyslexia and my son’s eye tracking issues we both prefer eBooks where we can change page color, font size and font spacing. This book has an eBook listed but it is another that I cannot find it, as it is listed at currently unavailable.

Now back to this specific book on Saint Pio of Pietrelcina. 

The description of this volume is:

“This is the amazing life story of a Franciscan priest who bore the wounds of the crucified Jesus and used the special gifts he received from God--the ability to read souls and bilocation--to relieve the sufferings of others who crowded the Church to attend his masses and speak to him during confession. His advice to "Pray. Hope. And don't worry" continues to give encouragement to countless people around the world.”

And the description of the series is:

“The Encounter the Saints series offers intermediate readers relatable portrayals of the saints. Each story, in a handy format, vividly recreates the saint's place of origin, family life, and corresponding historical events.”

The chapters in this volume are:

1. To Live or Die
2. A Hard Life
3. Tend Sheep?
4. Money Problems
5. Disappointment
6. Lies
7. Leaving Home
8. The Friary
9. Grumblings
10. Strange Marks
11. God’s Plan
12. Arrows of Light
13. Strength in Weakness
14. Compassion
15. Forgiveness and Peace
16. Vanished!
17. In Two Places at Once
18. Visitors and More Visitors
19. Tears of Love
20. The Hospital
21. Going Home
22. Poor but Rich

The prayer in this volume is:

“Saint Pio, thank you for showing me, through your own suffering, that God has a purpose for mine. If I offer my suffering to Jesus, God will use it, in some mysterious way, to help not only me, but other people too.

I want to always follow your advice: “Pray, hope, and don’t worry.” When I pray, help me to do as you said, “Hope in God and expect everything that is good from him.”

Remind me, Saint Pio, that my guardian angel is always at my side, waiting for me to ask for his help, love, and guidance. Remind me that Jesus’Mother Mary wants to shelter me with her love and to lead me to her Son. I look forward to meeting you in heaven someday. Together we will be happy and love God forever.

Please pray for me, Saint Pio. 

The prayer in this volume is not the same to the one as in the companion volume, The Saints Pray for Us, which has prays for the first 30 saints and blessed covered in the series. Each volume follows the same format, the chapters about the Saints life, a prayer and a glossary. My children always look to compare the prayer with the one in The Saints Pray for Us. They also love looking at the pictures. Each volume has 5 illustrations. This is one of two volumes illustrated by Karen Ritz, and they are wonderful pencil drawings. My son has read Saint Maximilian Kolbe Mary's Knight and recognised the Ritz’s style. Those sketches really add to this story. The kids enjoy these books so much they always read through the whole Glossary.

This book is a excellent read. Learning about Saint Pio of Pietrelcina will bless any reader. With having now read all of the books in the Encounter the Saints Series from Pauline Books and Media we are still enthralled by these volumes. This book and all in the series are great read and would be wonderful additions to a home, school, or church library. Each book has been worth the read. Another excellent read in a wonderful series!

Please Note: I discovered recently that most of the eBook editions are no long available for this series. In fact I could only find a handful of the over 20 volumes that had been available electronically. I do not know why this is the case but I consider it a great loss. A loss for people with reading issues like my son and I, for others with learning disabilities, and for those in different geographic regions.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2021 Catholic Reading Plan!

Books about the North American Saints and Martyrs:

Encounter the Saints Series from Pauline Books and Media:
Blessed James Alberione Media Apostle
Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati Journey to the Summit
Journeys with Mary Apparitions of Our Lady
Saint André Bessette Miracles in Montreal
Saint Anthony of Padua Fire and Light
Saint Bakhita of Sudan Forever Free
Saint Bernadette Soubirous And Our Lady of Lourdes
Saint Catherine Labouré And Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
Saint Clare of Assisi A Light for the World
Saint Damien of Molokai Hero of Hawaii
Saint Edith Stein Blessed by the Cross

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Daughter of America
Saint Faustina Kowalska Messenger of Mercy
Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini Cecchina's Dream
Saint Francis of Assisi Gentle Revolutionary
Saint Gianna Beretta Molla The Gift of Life
Saint Ignatius of Loyola For the Greater Glory of God
Saint Isaac Jogues With Burning Heart
Saint Joan of Arc God's Soldier
Saint John Bosco Champion for the Young
Saint John Neumann Missionary to Immigrants
Saint John Paul II Be Not Afraid
Saint John Vianney A Priest for All People
Saint Juan Diego And Our Lady of Guadalupe
Saint Kateri Tekakwitha: Courageous Faith
Saint Katharine Drexel The Total Gift
Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque And the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Saint Martin de Porres Humble Healer
Saint Maximilian Kolbe Mary's Knight
Saint Paul The Thirteenth Apostle
Saint Pio of Pietrelcina Rich in Love
Saint Teresa of Avila Joyful in the Lord
Saint Teresa of Calcutta Missionary of Charity
Saint Teresa of Kalkota Missionary of Charity

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