The Soul Project Week 9: The Communion of Saints

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My children love hearing the stories of the saints. The saints make holiness a reality for all of us. They help us to see that we can embrace our flawed humanity and still maintain hope in God’s mercy and heavenly promises. The saints give us practical insights on how to navigate the challenges of this world, while always growing closer to the next. They inspire us with their heroic acts of faith, their perseverance in prayer, and their humility as they work to overcome their own personal failings.

This week, instead of the goblins and ghouls of Halloween, our family focused on the real-life subjects of the upcoming feast of All Saints. Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle’s book, Feeding Your Family’s Soul, inspired us to ponder these holy lives and their heavenly realm. O’Boyle’s reflection questions from this chapter encouraged our family to talk about how to become a saint, and all of the good work the saints can do for us by their prayers in heaven.

peg doll playMy children had already been drawing closer to their saintly friends by making and playing with saint peg dolls. More than just a fun craft project, these dolls have led us to research the saints’ lives as we decide how to dress them and what accessories they should have. And as my children incorporate the dolls into their play, I hear them saying things like, “Francisco, do you have your Rosary?”  –yet more proof that the saints have always, and will always, work to draw us deeper into our Catholic faith and one day bring us to heaven with them.

For more ideas for teaching the Catholic faith to your children, see Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle’s book, Feeding Your Family’s Soul and the companion video.

Copyright 2017 Charisse Tierney

Images by Charisse Tierney. All rights reserved.


About Charisse Tierney

Charisse Tierney lives in Newton, Kansas, with her husband and six children. Charisse and her husband, Rob, teach Natural Family Planning for the Couple to Couple League and have experience teaching Theology of the Body for Teens to high school and middle school students through their parish in Kansas. Charisse holds bachelor and master degrees in music performance. A professionally trained clarinetist and pianist, Charisse has always held a deep love for writing and her Catholic faith. Charisse is a contributing author of The Catholic Mom's Prayer Companion and writes for Family Foundations magazine. She can also be found at
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