Saints, saints, and more saints. I never get tired of reading about the lives of the saints. In fact, it should be something we pencil into our calendars all year long: get to know more saints. Why? Because these are the guideposts that God has put on Earth for us to follow. They show us how to live out our faith in every walk of life.
No matter what your unique situation is, you can find a saint to relate to. Don’t believe me? Just start reading.
I like collecting saint books because I often turn to them for wisdom on a bad day or when I’m confused about a decision I need to make. It’s like playing saints roulette. Who am I going to get today? And yet as I leave things up to chance, or providence, I often discover a new friend on the pages of my saint books.
I’m happy to add The Franciscan Saints by Robert Ellsberg to my collection. This book, which is quite thick, features 101 “spiritual trailblazers … from every walk of life and corner of the world.”
Full confession … I haven’t read them all yet! I’ll probably read one or two every day. After reading the first ten or so, I realized they were in chronological order so, of course, I immediately flipped to the back to find modern saints. I’m fascinated by modern saints!
The last one, Sister Dorothy Hennessy, died in 2008. She sounds like a pretty feisty nun who protested important causes. Get it, sister! Sometimes the stories of modern saints make me feel like I have a fighting chance!
And in the end, that’s all that matters … sainthood.
St. Therese tells us, “You cannot be half a saint; you must be a whole saint or no saint at all.” I’m no saint at all currently, but I aspire to stamp out all my worldly attachments until I choose nothing before Christ. I need all the help I can get and that means adding more saints to my prayer squad.
Please, please, please pray for me, friends!
Now I have a book of 101 new friends to meet and I’m looking forward to getting to know them better! I think this is a great present because I’m pretty sure most Catholics would enjoy reading it!
Here is the link again to The Franciscan Saints!
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