My Spring Reading List!

After the heavier reading of Lent, I thought I'd like to continue some inspirational spiritual reading through the Easter season as well. 

Here's my book list!

Private and Pithy lessons from Scripture - Mother Angelica
Little Book of Life Lessons - Mother Angelica
Three to Get Married - Fulton Sheen
The Little Oratory
Diary Sister Faustina
Getting Past Perfect - Kate Wicker
The Words We Pray - Amy Welborn
Perfectly Yourself - Matthew Kelly 
Crossing the Threshold of Hope - Pope John Paul II




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St. Phillip and St. James the Lesser



St. Phillip was one of the original 12 apostles of Jesus Christ. When the apostles are listed, Phillip is usually named 5th right after Peter, Andrew, James and John. 

He is most prominently mentioned in John's Gospel.
st. phillip

The scripture tells us three main stories of Phillip. After he started following Christ he brought his friend Bartholomew along and he became an apostle as well. 

Philip is known for asking Jesus to see the Father, not realizing that he was seeing the Father through Christ.

And at the Sermon on the Mount, Philip seemed very practical in his approach to money and having enough food to feed all of the people.  In that way, I think he may be a good example to all of us to not let the practicalities of life blind us to the miracles!

Because Phillip was so prominently mentioned with the loaves and the fishes, his symbol is a basket with bread, and the cross. 

Here are 9 places that Philip is mentioned in the scripture. On his feast day, it would be good to read over those verses.
  • Matthew 10:1–15
  • Mark 3:13–19
  • Luke 6:12–16
  • John 1:43–48
  • John 6:1–7
  • John 12:20–23
  • John 14:8–10
  • Mark 16:14–20
  • Acts 1:6–14
Phillip is the patron saint of pastry chefs. He was martyred by crucifixion.

Phillip shares his feast day with James the Lesser. 

James is called the lesser because he was probably younger than James, the brother of John. He was the son of Alphaeus and his mother stood at the cross with Mary the blessed mother at the crucifixion. 

James was very prominent in the church's growth in Jerusalem. He was at the Council of Jerusalem in 50AD and was important in the decision to open the church to the Gentiles. 

The letter of James in the bible and is most famous for writing faith without works is dead. 

During his lifetime he was known as "The One" because he was very prayerful, humble in dress, and refrained from eating meat or drinking wine. It is said he spent so much time on his knees, they became hard and tough like a camel's. 

He was beaten to death in Jerusalem when he would not deny Christ. His body was then sawed into smaller parts. 

 James the lesser, symbol a saw and also a book because he was an authority in the church. He is the patron saint of Pharmacists. 

St James the Less
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