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Lure of the Saints

Author(s): Jon M. Sweeney

ISBN13: 9781557254191

ISBN10: 1557254192


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  • All Christians share ancient traditions of making saints and practicing faith in the midst of a cloud of witnesses. We also share the heritage of the Protestant Reformation and the sometimes radical change in attitudes toward saints that resulted from those upheavals. What does this shared history tell us about what it means to be a saint today? Full of colorful characters, wise insights, and profound appreciation for faith, The Lure of Saints is an exploration of how these exemplary men and women have impacted both the Church and the world. This compelling guide includes profiles of ancient, medieval and modern figures, East and West, the sublime and the unusual, with special chapters exploring: *Differences between Catholic and Protestant imaginations. *How saints were made in the past and how they are today. *The radical triumph of the Protestant idea. *Ancient, spiritual practices of relating to saints. *Miracles, apparitions, stigmatas, and more strange, saintly behavior. Also included are the personal reflections of other religious teachers and writers who have daily practices of relating to the saints, including Abbot M. Basil Pennington, Mitch Finley, Fr. Murray Bodo, Rev. Mary E. Haddad, and others; a helpful glossary of terms; and annotated reflections on resources for further reading.

  • Jon M. Sweeney

    Jon M. Sweeney is an independent scholar and one of religion’s most respected writers. His work has been hailed by everyone from PBS and James Martin, S.J., to Fox News and Dan Savage. He’s been interviewed on CBS Saturday Morning, Fox News, CBS-TV Chicago, Religion and Ethics Newsweekly, and on the popular program Chicago Tonight. Several of his books have become Book-of-the-Month Club and Quality Paperback Book Club selections. His popular medieval history, The Pope Who Quit, was published by Image/Random House and optioned by HBO. It was a selection of the History Book Club and received a starred review in Booklist. His book, When Saint Francis Saved the Church, received a 2015 award for excellence in history from the Catholic Press AssociationHis other works include Inventing HellThe Complete Francis of Assisi, and The St. Francis Prayer Book. Sweeney writes regularly for America and The Tablet, and is also the editorial director at Franciscan Media. He is married, the father of three, and lives in Vermont.

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