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Ranging over 2,000 years of Church history, this unique anthology brings together hundreds of aphoristic sayings from the writings and recorded words of saints both famous and obscure. From the literary polish of St. Francis de Sales, patron saint of journalists, to the cry of the martyr on the scaffold, these quotations cover a huge array of themes--joy, death, faith and hope, folly--and vary in tone from the intimacy of personal letters to the exhortative fervor of sermons preached to the thousands. The sayings include diary notations, lists of personal resolutions, naive remarks of saintly children who intuited their own destiny (later recalled and assigned a deep significance), and the half-legendary utterances of early wonder-working saints of Ireland or the misty northern forests. Included are African and Japanese saints as well as Europeans. Despite the diversity of the individuals represented--hermits and Popes, the urbane and the gaunt, the sensible and the passionately foolish--the book uncovers more harmony of thought and fundamental agreement than one would ever expect. On virtually all of the themes by which the collection is organized, the outlines of a "saintly consensus" are suggested. Above all, this collection brings the saints vividly to life. It reminds us that the saints were real people, with a range of temperaments and personalities--not a group of museum figures carved in marble.

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Covering over two thousand years of Church history, this unique anthology presents hundreds of aphoristic sayings from the writings and recorded works of both famous and obscure saints. Ranging from the polished literary statements of St. Francis de Sales, patron saint of journalists, to the cry of the martyr on the scaffold, these quotations treat a wide variety of themes such as joy, death, faith, hope, folly, and much more.

The volume includes diary notations, lists of personal resolutions, naive remarks of saintly children who have foreseen their own destiny, and the half-legendary utterances of early miracle-working saints of Ireland and the misty northern forests. It offers the wisdom of European, African, and Japanese saints, as well as an appendix of biographical sketches. Despite the diversity of the individuals represented--hermits and Popes, the urbane and the uncouth, the sensible and the passionately foolish--this book uncovers a degree of harmony of thought among all of the saints included here. By bringing the saints to life, this collection reminds us that they were real people--not a group of museum figures carved in marble--with a range of temperaments and personalities.

Synopsis:

Covering over two thousand years of Church history, this unique anthology presents hundreds of aphoristic saying from the writings and recorded works of both famous and obscure saints. Ranging from the polished literary statements of St. Francis de Sales, patron saint of journalists, to the cry of the martyr on the scaffold, these quotations treat a wide variety of themes such as joy, death, faith, hope, folly, and much more.

About the Author

Jill Haak Adels, Ph.D., works as a psychologist in private practice and for the Northampton Public Schools. She lives in South Hadley, Massachusetts.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780195059151
Author:
Adels, Jill Haak
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Author:
null, Jill Haak
Subject:
History
Subject:
Christianity
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Mysticism
Subject:
Christianity - General
Subject:
Theology | History of Christianity
Subject:
Religion and Theology | History of Christianity
Subject:
Religion & Theology | History of Christianity
Edition Number:
5
Edition Description:
bonded leather black indexed 4311
Series Volume:
Writings on South As
Publication Date:
19890631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
156 halftones
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.14x6.13x.80 in. .91 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , Covering over two thousand years of Church history, this unique anthology presents hundreds of aphoristic sayings from the writings and recorded works of both famous and obscure saints. Ranging from the polished literary statements of St. Francis de Sales, patron saint of journalists, to the cry of the martyr on the scaffold, these quotations treat a wide variety of themes such as joy, death, faith, hope, folly, and much more.

The volume includes diary notations, lists of personal resolutions, naive remarks of saintly children who have foreseen their own destiny, and the half-legendary utterances of early miracle-working saints of Ireland and the misty northern forests. It offers the wisdom of European, African, and Japanese saints, as well as an appendix of biographical sketches. Despite the diversity of the individuals represented--hermits and Popes, the urbane and the uncouth, the sensible and the passionately foolish--this book uncovers a degree of harmony of thought among all of the saints included here. By bringing the saints to life, this collection reminds us that they were real people--not a group of museum figures carved in marble--with a range of temperaments and personalities.

"Synopsis" by , Covering over two thousand years of Church history, this unique anthology presents hundreds of aphoristic saying from the writings and recorded works of both famous and obscure saints. Ranging from the polished literary statements of St. Francis de Sales, patron saint of journalists, to the cry of the martyr on the scaffold, these quotations treat a wide variety of themes such as joy, death, faith, hope, folly, and much more.

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