Julien Chilcott-Monk, A Calendar of Catholic Devotion: Daily Prayer with the Saints 2008 Canterbury Press
For those like me who are new to Catholicism, A Calendar of Catholic Devotion is an invaluable resource. Cradle Catholics might know when the major feast days are, but I certainly don't. This book enables me to know the most important feasts associated with each day of the year.
Each daily entry provides a reflection on each feast or the life of a saint, a passage from Scripture or quotation of a devotional work, some suggestions for prayer and a brief prayer to the saints.
Many days have several saints' feasts and the author had to make editorial decisions about which to include. Occasionally, she talks about her own favorites. A lot of the saints who are included are quite obscure and the reader is likely to be educated. Saints whose cults have been suppressed are not included, which is perhaps a little disappointing.
I can't help thinking the suggested prayers to the saints in this book are a little uninspiring. They tend to run along the lines of:
"Saint X, pray for all butchers/ bakers/ candlestick makers, and all places dedicated to your name."
That is all well, but what about invoking the saint for those qualities which he or she exemplifies? Nevertheless, I still find this a really helpful resource in my daily prayer.