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The Wisdom of the Saints: An Anthology Paperback – 15 Jun 1989

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; New Ed edition (15 Jun. 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195059158
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195059151
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 639,674 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`a rich and varied sampling of Christian concerns and interpretations over the centuries' Church History

`a lively anthology with a rich antiphony of voices' Library Journal

'beautiful anthology ... A perfect starting point for personal prayer and meditation!' Spiritual Life

'a rich collection of brief selections from the writings and sayings of saints from the early Fathers to the saints of our own day.' America

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
A rich collection of quotations from the lips of 200 saints 7 Jan. 1999
By Garlic34@aol.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a unique anthology that allows hundreds of canonized Catholic saints, from all historical periods including the present day, to speak directly in their own words on a variety of topics. The quotations are brief, and are arranged thematically. while the topics range from the very profound and serious ("Time and Eternity", "Suffering", "Mystic Union") to the very human and everyday ("Food", "Travels"). Each of the 65 thematic sections is introduced by an authoritative and often witty commentary that makes one wish that the author's voice could be heard even more often. The overall effect is one of great abundance and variety. Saints, the reader soon discovers, are found in every personality type, every social class, intelligence level and temperament. They are a lively and diverse bunch. You will meet old favorites like Francis of Assisi and Thomas Moore, and encounter completely unfamiliar heroes, like Charles Lwanga of Uganda. There is something here to fit every mood, and to inspire much further reading. THE WISDOM OF THE SAINTS is ideal for inspirational reading, for hunting quotations to surprise, edify and dazzle audiences, or as a reference resource. A biographical appendix tells the brief life story of each of the 200 saints who have shared their written or spoken thoughts with the reader. "Sanctity does not consist in being odd, but it does consist in being rare." (St. Francis de Sales, 1567-1622).
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By Michael Checkley - Published on Amazon.com
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A great resource to learn what many of the famous saints of the Catholic Church had to say about various topics and issues.
Well worth the having. Good resource for homilies or spiritual presentations or spiritual comfort and enlightenment.
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All those gone before us and 3 Mar. 2014
By Bill Grothus - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
How they loved God. Why do we have the Saints? Because the have gone through trials because of their love of God and thus give us courage to persevere. GREAT examples for us.
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