Summation to My Reflections on the Saints

The past 12 reflections have avoided giving extended biographies of the saints. There are many good books that already do this. Three I would recommend are as follows:

  • Lives of the Saints by H. Hoever (2 Volumes)
  • Picture Book of Saints by Lawrence G. Lovasik  (archaic words)
  • Butler’s Lives of the Saints by Herbert J. Thurston & Donald Attwater (4 Volumes)

When we speak of the saints as a “parable” people and signs of contradiction, we mean that there is no way to understand the saints except through faith. Take away the mystery of God and of our Savior Jesus Christ and none of it makes sense. Such lives would have no meaning at all if God did not exist and call us to know and love him. The saints testify to the real meaning of existence. We were made for God. As the old catechisms made clear, we were made to know God, to love God, to serve God and to give him glory, both here on earth and forever in heaven. This is the meaning of life. This is the destiny and calling of the elect. God has called us to be saints and has given us all that we need to make this possible. Trust the Lord.

About Father Joe

Father Joe Jenkins I am the pastor of Holy Family Church and a Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Washington, DC.
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