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Praise Him with Your Very Life: A Collection of Plays**


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Dramatization is an unsurpassed hands-on tool for reinforcing the Faith. Children are challenged to experience and internalize lessons which are at the very heart of our Faith: God’s Providence, vocation, joyful poverty, Mary’s motherly love, the goal of Heaven, simple humility, God’s infinite love . . . Truly each play is a mini-catechism!

This collection of plays may be read for their sheer literary delight or presented on stage as entertainment with full dramatic flair. Whether acted out or read aloud, these plays are inspirational masterpieces that deepen our awareness of God’s love. They provide an excellent dramatic tool for hands-on reinforcement of the truths of our Faith. Perfect teaching tool that entertains while it instructs.

These exceptional and highly entertaining plays will fully engage children of all ages and provide Catholic entertainment for family, neighborhood, and homeschool group. Permission is extended to families and groups to make copies of these plays for use in staging small performances where there is no admission fee charged.

Six plays in all:

  • The Wolf of Gubbio: A Drama in One Act
    Cast of 5 with villagers. Preschool-up.
  • The Road to Emmaus: A Drama in One Act
    Cast of 8. Grade 3-up.
  • Christmas at Greccio: A Christmas Play in One Act
    Cast of 9. Grades 3-up.
  • Counted as Mine: Story of Our Lady of Guadalupe
    Cast of 12 with village Indians. Grades 4-up.
  • The Smallest of All: A Drama in Three Acts about St. Bernadette of Lourdes
    Cast of 8 with villagers. Grades 4-up.
  • Candle in Umbria: The Story of Saint Clare of Assisi
    Cast of 25 with chorus. Upper elementary-up.

Features spiral binding for ease of use. Musical pieces and settings included. 173 pages. 8-1/2″ x 11″

Don’t miss the powerful gems woven throughout these delightful plays! A reading comprehension study guide for the first four plays is now included in CHC Lesson Plans for Sixth Grade (Weeks 23-36).

The late Mother Mary Francis, P.C.C. was the Abbess of the Poor Clare Monastery of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Roswell, New Mexico. Her literary work of more than 50 years includes several collections of poetry, thirteen books, and many articles. Her best-selling book, A Right to be Merry, has been published in six languages. Her plays have been produced on and off the stage for years, including a production off-Broadway by the Blackfriars’ Guild. Through her tireless dedication, the Immaculate Heart Federation of Poor Clare Nuns has expanded to eleven monasteries throughout the United States and one in Holland.


“This past summer we found out our beloved Associate Pastor was leaving. Being that he is a member of the Secular Franciscan Order, we thought it most appropriate to put on the play ‘The Wolf of Gubbio.’ I had bought the collection of plays Praise Him with Your Very Life by Mother Mary Francis, P.C.C. about a year ago. We only had about 3 weeks to prepare but the play came out fabulous. It was a way to show our Priest just how much we love him, which is something we as the Laity forget to do often. We even used the directions from CHC’s A Year with God to make our costumes.  My Pastor would like us to do the ‘Christmas in Greccio,’ this time with the Parish School of Religion.”
—Maggie, Ohio