The Franciscan Saints Audio Book
Reading Robert Ellsberg’s profiles of holy men and women is like throwing open a window in a stuffy old church and taking in great gulps of fresh air. Henri Nouwen has described his writing as “evocative without being pious.” He broadens the traditional vision of sanctity and calls modern readers of all stripes to claim their potential for moral and spiritual growth, courage and action. By choosing relevant models and contemporary heroes, he makes holiness accessible and attractive to ordinary people.
These 101 spiritual trailblazers span the centuries from Francis and Clare to Solanus Casey and Mychal Judge, with representatives from every walk of life and corner of the world.
Each entry features the essential biographical facts and adds the insight and depth only Ellsberg can provide. The author’s sharp eye for signs and stories of holiness in the gritty, messy real world informs his selections, making his work unique. Obscure lay peasants, married activists, and controversial social reformers take pride of place alongside better-known theologians, founders, and canonized saints.
The audio edition of this book can be downloaded via Audible.
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I’m a big fan of the Catholic Saints and Holy Heroes of our Faith and I had NO idea that there are over 100 canonized, Saints (and Venerables, Blesseds and Servants of God) linked to the Franciscan Order.
Not only are there the mainstream Franciscan Saints starting with St. Francis of Assisi himself and one of his first followers St. Clare, but the list includes St. Anthony of Padua, St. Elizabeth of Hungary, St. Thomas More, St. Angela Merici, St. Paschal Baylon, St. Joseph of Cupertino, St. Junipero Serra, St. Maximilian Kolbe and St. Pio of Pietrelcina. All of these big name Saints…as well as about 100 less familiar saints and not yet canonized holy people were in some way inspired by St. Francis and were faithful Franciscans of one form or another.
Each account carefully introduces a Holy Hero and explains their connection to the Franciscan movement sweeping Europe; characterized by a special love and service to the poor. It is interesting that a couple poets, religious and ‘Third Order Franciscans” (not yet beatified) are included as well, as holy men and women with a particular Franciscan affiliation.
This is a wonderful resource with well-researched and beautifully-written biographies of some seriously holy people!
Robert Ellsberg is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Orbis Books. He has written numerous books on saints, including All Saints: Daily Reflections on Saints, Prophets, and Witnesses for Our Times, Blessed Among All Women, The Saints’ Guide to Happiness, Modern Spiritual Masters, and Blessed Among Us: Day by Day with Saintly Witnesses, which is based on his daily entries for Give Us This Day. A former managing editor of The Catholic Worker, he has written extensively about the life and legacy of Dorothy Day, and has also edited anthologies of writings by Gandhi, Flannery O’Connor, Thich Nhat Hanh, Charles de Foucauld, and Carlo Carretto, among others.
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