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or not you are familiar with saints, you will benefit
from learning a little about them to help you appreciate
many sights in
if you don't visit many churches, you will pass by many
of them and will see the outsides decorated with images
of saints. Furthermore, if you enter a museum that
contains famous art, paintings and sculptures of saints
newsletter will, then, focus a bit on saints so you can
better enjoy your travels in
you haven't made your reservations in Italy, it isn't
too late, here are some family-friendly accommodations
that I have found that will welcome you with value and
comfort and, because they mostly take short stays, are
good alternatives to hotels.
saint is a person who has been recognized for living a
life of great charity and heroic virtues. The Catholic
Church learns about people who have been good examples
to others and then they officially recognize those
people as saints, about 10,000 so far.
if you see a name that begins with "San" for a
man or "Santa" for a woman, you know that is
the name of a saint.
the 900s, people were declared saints by popular
acclaim. Some saints were learned of through legends or
were holy people from other religions. In 1969 the
Catholic church took a look at these legendary saints
and undid some of them, such as the very popular St.
Christopher because there was no evidence that they
really ever existed. Watch for statues and paintings of
this former patron saint of travelers.
are saints who were killed because of their religious
beliefs. Some of their deaths were very awful and
dramatic, a very strong lesson about how people can stay
true to what they believe in spite of the most terrible
persecution. Because of the drama and the importance of
the lesson, you will see paintings and statues of these
martyrs being killed. Some children may appreciate the
way the painters have depicted the drama and the emotion
of the martyrdoms; they can think about the lesson the
painting is teaching. But some may find these paintings
can learn about saints and can "collect" them
as you travel in
. Make a list, and, when in churches, look for
"Santini," small holy cards with pictures and
stories of saints which you may have for a small
Saints are know for something special they did and now
may be a patron saint. ďPatronĒ comes from the word
for father and, in this case, means taking care of, like
fathers and mothers take care of their children. St.
George (who slew the dragon) is the patron saint of
scouting, St. Philomena is the patron of children.
You Have a Name Saint?
Your Name Saint Day with a Party
out if you share your name with a saint by going to the Saint
Index and looking for your name or a version of it.
Read about the good things "your" saint did
and when she or he became a saint.
children may be named for the saint on whose feast day
they were born or for their parent's favorite saint or
for the patron saint of the town they live in. Each
saint has a day of the year dedicated to him or her. You
can see the day in the indexes linked below.
usually celebrate their name saintís feast day like
they do their birthday. They have a cake and may receive
small gifts. If you donít have a Saintís name or
your saint doesnít have a day, Nov 1st is All
Saintís Day and you can celebrate then.
part of growing up as a Catholic, you choose a saint's
name to add to your own when you are Confirmed during
adolescence. (Confirmation is a sacrament that opens up
the wisdom of the Church to those ready to receive it
and is like a coming of age ceremony.) At that time, you
can search for a saint whose life you want to emulate
and by adding their name to yours, you are always
reminded of those goals.
Are People Declared Saints?
saint is someone who was a Catholic and who has been
officially recognized as being in heaven. The Catholic
church believes that many people can be saints without
being officially recognized. And, of course, people can
be wonderful and good whether or not they belong to the
Catholic church. No other church has an official
"saint-making" process and here is a summary
of how it goes:
prays to the soul of the dead person and a miracle
happens. A miracle is something that is beyond the
power of a person, therefore must have happened
because God helped out. An example of a miracle is
someone is cured overnight of a deadly disease.
the miracle is validated by the Church, the person
is Beatified, the first step to sainthood.
people pray to the people who have been beatified.
miracle occurs when the Beatified is prayed to.
person is "canonized" and can be called a
Paul II declared more saints in the 25 years of his
papacy than all 264 popes before, creating quite an
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Stay Apartments Beat Hotels!
helping clients find accommodations this year, I do run
into some difficult weeks, but there is something for
everyone who wants to stay in a villa or apartment in
in 2006. Here are few places that I can recommend
because they are fine places to stay (I have personally
checked them out), are good values, and will usually
take less than a week, so are a great alternative to
cramming the family into a hotel room!
is a great value at $280/night for four and there is
room for six! Two bedrooms, two baths, full kitchen,
living room and air conditioning.
is our most popular family apartment that still has
some 4+ day periods available from April on. It has two
bedrooms, two baths, scads of amenities including
internet connection and is in the center of
Bella is a wonderful two bedroom, two bath apartment
in a magical city and is $1480 for four people for five
nights, less than $300/night for that combination.
Colle is a real value at $165/night if the children
don't mind a sofa bed. Nice pool, walk to the mideaval
town and a Saturday arrival isn't required. My clients
always come back happy from here.
Vista family-friendly agriturismo will take arrivals
any day, the prices are great, and the views are dreamy.
It is close to
Put the kids on a sofa bed and spend less than
$1000/week in an apartment in the heart of
in the Ponte
Vecchio apartments. One week minimum, but for the
price, you don't have to stay all seven nights! One
bedroom, one bath, air conditioning.
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