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Butler's Lives of the Saints, paper

Author(s): Alban Butler

ISBN13: 9781557254221


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  • There is no greater authority on the saints than Alban Butler, and his enormous research has been the standard reference on the subject for the last two and a half centuries. This new adaptation of Butlers multi-volume Lives of the Saints presents a modernized text for todays reader and provides an illuminating guide to these historic, symbolic, and foundational Christian men and women. Butlers daily readings from the lives and works of the saints offer readers of all backgrounds the opportunity to engage directly with these great figures. Butlers distinctive contribution to stories about saints was to turn attention away from the superhuman, miraculous themes that are prevalent in earlier works. He gives us saints who are examples of Christian living, who provide inspiration for the living of our own lives, in every time and circumstance. As Butler write: "They were once what we are now, travelers on earth. They had the same weaknesses we have. We have difficulties; so had the saints." Important features of this version include mention of recently canonized saints as well as those whose path to official sainthood is still in progress. Also included in the daily readings are more obscure saints whose lives and contributions to Christianity should not be forgotten.

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Butler's Lives of the Saints, paper