Saturday, April 28, 2007

A Child Prodigy – Catholic Style
Can YOU name all the saints?

James Higgins is a walking, talking Catholic encyclopedia. He knows the names of all the saints plus their feast day and relevant biography. Sheesh, if a kid has to be an over-achiever, I guess this is the way to go.

No only that, the seven-year-old Red Sox fan, has attended daily Mass since he was 3 (God bless his parents) and is really proud of a nearly 200-day Communion streak. Who wouldn’t be?

Golly, I thought I had done something when I was around 8 and cinched a Happy Death by making receiving Communion on nine consecutive First Fridays. (Of course, back then you had to fast from midnight, not today’s wimpy one hour fast. Did I mention I walked two miles uphill to school everyday...both directions?)

James has amassed a knowledge and understanding of all things Catholic that would send even the most devout nun's head spinning. On a small table in his room are statuary, crucifixes, icons, holy cards, and a mini Vatican flag. Plus a few baseball cards and a Red Sox pennant.

He can also explain the joys and sorrows of Mary, how all the martyrs of the church have died, the seven deadly sins, the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, the 14 holy helpers, and the 33 doctors of the church -- in order, including the pope who appointed them.

5 Comments:

Blogger Sister Mary Martha said...

Maybe he can play for the Sox and be Pope at the same time.

7:22 PM  
Blogger Alexander said...

He knows all 4000+ saints and a relevant biography of each??


Hopefully this child is not poisoned with the modern day heterodox teachings and pseudo-modernist garbage that flies around.

1:02 PM  
Blogger Former Altar Boy said...

Alex,
Good question. I wondered the same thing but suspect it is all the saints in the post-Vat. 2 calendar (still a commendable number to have memorized). As to your hope, yes, let us trust that is not the case.

7:40 PM  
Blogger Christine said...

Wow! It sounds like this kid is already headed for Sainthood!
God bless his parents!

9:38 AM  
Blogger Coffee Wife said...

Holy Moley! What a kid!

Uh...I have a rather dumb question...where can I find a list of all those things so *I* can learn them?

the seven deadly sins
the corporal and spiritual works of mercy
the 14 holy helpers

12:38 PM  

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