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  • By Barry S. Riehle on October 6, 2015

    Professor Richard McBrien holds an endowed chair in theology at the University of Notre Dame and is an expert on Catholicism. He did a wonderful job in his introduction discussing who is considered a saint, the saints and their spirituality, and the canonization process (and politics) in the Roman Catholic Church.In the meat of his book McBrien is very ecumenical, including saints on the General Roman Catholic Calendar along with those of the Greek and Russian Orthodox Churches, the churches of the Anglican community, especially the Church of England and the Episcopal Church in the United States of America (USA), and churches of the Lutheran World Federation, especially the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). In addition, there are references to holy persons not yet recognized as saints, including even non-Christians. For example McBrien includes the Abbess Etheldreda, who is celebrated by the Church of England but not the Catholic Church. The biographies are arranged according to the calendar of the feast days, e.g., St. Francis of Assisi is remembered on October 4. To make the book practical McBrien appends more than 80 pages of tables and indicies, making an individual saint's biography easy to find.Professor McBrien's descriptions of each saint are a page or two, with more in depth treatment of more important saints. Given the professor that he is, McBrien offers a bibliography on many of the saints.All-in-all this is a wonderful one-volume resource on Christian saints. While Butler's "Lives of the Saints" has more depth in his four-volume work this is an excellent resource for those who want a one-volume description of the saints.

  • By Steven H Propp on October 3, 2012

    Richard Peter McBrien (born 1936) is a priest, and a Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. He has written many books, such as Lives of the Popes : The Pontiffs from St. Peter to John Paul II and Catholicism: New Study Edition--Completely Revised and Updated.He wrote in the Preface to this 2001 book, "This book came about as the result of a suggestion from my publisher... to consider doing something on the saints similar in nature to my previous book 'Lives of the Popes'... the great bulk of this volume consists of biographical sketches of varying lengths... The biographies are of the saints who appear on the General Roman Calendar... In addition there are references to holy persons not yet recognized as saints, including even non-Christians... This is not a work of primary or original historical scholarship... This book is the work of a theologian, not of a historian, and more specifically of an ecclesiologist, whose task is to reflect on the lives of the saints... What do the saints tell us, individually and collectively, not only about the character of Christian discipleship, but about the meaning of human existence itself?"He argues, "the most blatant example of a politicized process (for canonization) in modern times is that of Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer (1902-75), founder in 1928 of Opus Dei... In 1962 Monsignor Escriva petitioned the Vatican to declare his movement a personal prelature, which would have removed it from the jurisdiction of local bishops. The Spanish hierarchy strongly objected and permission was not granted during the founder's lifetime. However, soon after his election to the papacy in 1978, John Paul II, who was personally sympathetic with the movement's theological and pastoral agenda, set the procedure in motion and the petition was finally granted in 1982." (Pg. 52)He observes, "The Episcopal Church in the USA commemorates Thomas a Kempis ... a priest who authored the classic Thomas A. Kempis: The Imitation of Christ (The Penguin Classics), which has been translated into more languages than any other book apart from the Bible. It stresses personal piety over learning and the inner life over active service in the world. He has been neither beatified nor canonized." (Pg. 293)Not as pathbreaking as O'Brien's book on the popes, this is still a very significant modern work on the lives of these eminent religious figures.

  • By Rcgonza on May 11, 2017

    Product was not as listed. Product was not in very good condition. Product has a 1 dollar price tag listed and I paid more.

  • By J. Laskey on February 24, 2015

    We are all "saints in the making". It appears that Fr. McBrien wrote this book with that statement in mind.I'm glad I was able to acquire this text by this author. His ability to research and write in a well-reasoned manner, about those men and women we call "saints"--made thebook an interesting "read".

  • By John Rice on January 1, 2003

    Lives of the Saints Richard McBrien McBrien's compilation of saints for each day covers a multitude of canonized and non-canonized people. He also offers saints who are recognized by the Anglican/Episcopalian, Lutheran and Greek Orthodox churches. His descriptions are short, comparatively with Butler's descriptions, but non-devotional. He includes in his short essays references to history, legend and myth. This book can exist along side other longer works and can offer some perspectives that others do not.


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