N.B. In using any book as a reference, it should be considered
that the latest Roman calendar of saints was published in 1969,
which effectively supersedes the Roman Martyrology of 1584. For
the most part, the change means that the dates of many feast days
has been moved closer to the actual date of their death (dies
natalis), and that calendars vary from location to location to
honor the many saints that are of special local significance, but
which are no longer celebrated by the Church Universal. Below are
the major references used in preparing the biographies, some with
annotations regarding their particular usefulness. An asterisk (*)
precedes the work of an author that is a primary source for these
biographies. Other works are further identified in the
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year. Most of the major saints celebrated in the United
States are included, as are many of the lesser known ones.
The lovely four-color reproductions of paintings of the saints
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are special to the United States. Care must be taken
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many of the saints were adjusted when the Roman calendar
was revised; however, the descriptions of the lives of
the saints and, especially, the reflection which follows
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Church, R. W. (1892). St. Anselm.
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lives of the saints.
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in the Church social history of the first five centuries
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The author provides wonderful biographies of several early
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A delightful book that dispels some of the
misconceptions about the presumed incompatibility of sanctity
and married life. While many saints became "holy" only after
the death of a spouse, or lived as celibates within the bonds
of marriage, still others lived normally in the married state
and still managed to lead a life of holiness, which often
sanctified others as well as themselves.
Among those discussed within the book are Saints Thomas
More, Augustine, Margaret of Scotland, Louis of France,
Elizabeth of Hungary, Catherine of Genoa, Monica, Paulinus of
Nola, Frances of Rome, Elizabeth Bayley Seton, Nicholas of
Flüe, and Blesseds Anna Maria Taigi, Frederick Ozanam,
and Marie (Madame Acarie) of the Incarnation. Certainly this
is not an exhaustive, but rather a thoughtful, study. Delany
also includes several individuals whose causes are still being
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This is a well-written, thoroughly entertaining book
that also thoughtfully presents groups of female saints according
to the time and circumstances in which they lived and died. Most
of the best-known women saints are given at least a mention in the
narrative of the book, which provides an excellent background on
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This set of encyclopedia is based primarily on
the work Les saints de tous les jours, published by
Robert Morel, Editeur, Paris, but it is an international
project that used the work of many writers. The life of one
saint or group of saints is detailed for every day of the
year. Thereafter follows a listing of other saints for the
day with a brief description. The size of each volume would
make it a useful tool for family worship or religious
education classes. It should be noted that not all of the
information is accurate.
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Day. Chicago: Franciscan Herald Press.
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who found himself. Chicago: Franciscan Herald Press.
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I. Zizzamia. Milwaukee: Bruce Publishing.
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Burns, Oates & Washbourne.
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guide to localities and patronage. Chicago: Henry Regnery
A good reference book for understanding the
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must be taken since there is no explanation of why certain
symbols are used and also because this book was published
prior to the latest reorganization of the Roman
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Rondet, H. (1956). St. Joseph
Roth, C. (1935). The ritual murder libel and the Jews.
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contrasts: St. Teresa de Ávila, Ste. Therese of Lisieux.
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de Saint-Pierre, M. (1955). Bernadette and Lourdes, trans.
by Edward Fitzgerald. New York: Image Books.
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life, John K. Ryan (tr. & ed.). New York: Image Books.
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to patron saints. New York: Penguin Group Dutton Books.
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Fremantle (tr.). NY: Pantheon.
This very interesting book has a collection of
death masks and contemporary portraits of many of the saints.
It's always wonderful to be able to picture those with whom
you are speaking!
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lives and legends of the saints
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