Saint of the Day

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This is the 40th anniversary edition of Saint of the Day, first compiled by Leonard Foley, O.F.M., and published in two volumes. Through the years, this popular book has been a go-to source for information on key saints. This seventh revised edition contains the following additions:
  • New saints and blesseds such as John of Avila, Hildegard of Bingen, John Henry Newman, and John Paul II.
  • An expanded ...
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Overview


This is the 40th anniversary edition of Saint of the Day, first compiled by Leonard Foley, O.F.M., and published in two volumes. Through the years, this popular book has been a go-to source for information on key saints. This seventh revised edition contains the following additions:
  • New saints and blesseds such as John of Avila, Hildegard of Bingen, John Henry Newman, and John Paul II.
  • An expanded Introduction, with more detail about the current process of canonization.
  • Also, background on the evolution of Saint of the Day since the first two volumes, including its recent formats as a daily online resource and as an app.
  • A suggested resources section of additional Franciscan Media products with information about saints and blesseds
Saint of the Day has been a trusted guide for forty years, and this latest edition continues the tradition.
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"Carl Jung said that people do not change in the presence of concepts nearly as much as in the presence of images. People change, inspire, and challenge people! This is one good reason why we must re-issue this wonderful book every few years, with ever new examples of holy and wonderful lives."—Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque, New Mexico

"This book is the perfect companion for those who like to keep the company of those who have gone before us. Father McCloskey offers hope to anyone who thinks that sainthood is an impossible quest. He says in his Introduction ( referring to a comment of Bl. John XIII): "Someone becomes a saint not by being a 'dry, bloodless reproduction of a model...an individual becomes a saint by cooperating generously with God's grace according to that person's' individual capacities and particular circumstances." Each day of the year brings us another example of very human people becoming more than they could have imagined through the grace of God. Saint of the Day teaches us that each of us has the makings of a saint."—Jeanne Hunt, author, Celebrating Saints and Seasons

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616366537
  • Publisher: Franciscan Media
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
  • Edition description: Seventh Edition,Enlarged/Expanded
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 427,415
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


LEONARD FOLEY, O.F.M., was editor of St. Anthony Messenger magazine, author of Believing in Jesus: A Popular Overview of the Catholic Faith, and coauthor of To Live as Francis Lived: A Guide for Secular Franciscans.

PAT McCLOSKEY, O.F.M., is Franciscan editor of St. Anthony Messenger magazine and author of Day by Day with Followers of Francis and Clare.

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  • Posted November 17, 2013

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    God¿s gift of joy Whether it is used for reference or daily refl

    God’s gift of joy
    Whether it is used for reference or daily reflection, by individuals, faith-sharing groups, or catechists, this classic is a valuable resource for anyone seeking the path to sainthood.

    The editor of the seventh edition of Saint of the Day reminds us that the holiness of the saints, God’s holiness, is something we all share. “Their lives were indeed conditioned by the culture and history of their own day; their expression of holiness is partly different from what it would be in the twenty-first century. But the essence is the same: They received God’s gift with joy. They call us to do likewise...” writes Leonard Foley, O.F.M.

    Though most of the dated entries feature lives of saints and blesseds, others are devoted to solemnities of Jesus not assigned a specific Sunday or holy day, feasts of Mary, and celebrations commemorating the dedication of important churches. The Sunday after I first picked up the new edition of Saint of the Day I heard a homily on the Dedication of St. John Lateran. The priest did a great job explaining the history and reminding us of church as building as well as people as Church. I found the Saint of the Day entry essentially the same, but appreciated the opportunity to be able to reflect more fully on what I had heard at Mass.

    As for individual saints, Fr. Foley explains that the earliest stories were written to memorialize martyrs on their anniversaries. In addition to these historical accounts, legends grew up around certain saints. After the presentation of facts on St. George (D. 303?), Foley writes that the story of a slain dragon, rescued princess, and conversion of Libya is a twelfth-century Italian fable. In the comment section, he reminds us that Americans “somehow need Paul Bunyan” in addition to historical heroes.

    Each entry consists of brief background, a comment linking the feast to our own life, and relevant quotations from scripture and the saint or another spiritual writer. The book closes with an index of alphabetical titles of feasts and the dates they are celebrated.

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