Saint Who?: 39 Holy Unknowns

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St. Hemma of Gurk? St. Deicolus? These saints are not household names, but maybe they should be. Although the Church recognizes thousands of saints, a relatively small number of them are well-known to most Catholics. This book introduces the reader to a group of diverse saints—men and women, single and married, from all corners of the world—whose exploits have been lost to us for the most part. Each story highlights an aspect of that saint's life that can be applied to today's circumstances. The book contains a ...

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St. Hemma of Gurk? St. Deicolus? These saints are not household names, but maybe they should be. Although the Church recognizes thousands of saints, a relatively small number of them are well-known to most Catholics. This book introduces the reader to a group of diverse saints—men and women, single and married, from all corners of the world—whose exploits have been lost to us for the most part. Each story highlights an aspect of that saint's life that can be applied to today's circumstances. The book contains a short biography of each saint, a section on why that saint merits our attention and devotion today, and a short prayer.

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"Saints' lives never cease to fascinate. We devour their biographies, sometimes craving tales of the miraculous; other times looking for the secret to holiness. How did this person do it? Is there something here that I can apply to my own spiritual journey?

But enough already of Therese, Francis, Padre Pio, and the top 40 rock stars of sanctity! There are other holy men and women whose lives can inspire us. Brian O'Neel has assembled a list of obscure saints and blesseds and unearthed the essential facts of their lives. The table of contents reads like a What Not to Name Your Baby list: Baudile, Radegund, Guntrum, Gangolf, Homobonus, and Lydwine! As the author moves out of the Dark Ages and into recent centuries, the names become more commonplace but the stories no less unknown to us. These O'Neel relates in three-page sketches, explaining at the end, 'Why this saint deserves our attention.'" — Catholic Digest, October, 2012

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616362423
  • Publisher: Saint Anthony Messenger Press & Franciscan Communications
  • Publication date: 4/17/2012
  • Pages: 141
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

BRIAN O'NEEL has appeared several times on EWTN and is a regular guest on both the Relevant Radio and EWTN Global Satellite radio networks. A writer and editor, he is the author of 39 New Saints You Should Know. He and his wife are the proud parents of six children.

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  • Posted May 27, 2012

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    Instructive stories

    In this collection, Brian O’Neel compares saints to beautiful individual tiles, “breathtaking to behold on their own” coming together to form an icon of Christ. The church presents us with these saints to encourage us on our journey to becoming more like Christ. “This book is an attempt to help us step back and see some of Christianity’s greatest hits from ages past,” O’Neel writes. His goal is to reveal the “instructive thread” in each of their stories. The format is simple. Each write-up begins with the name of the saint or blessed, a descriptive phrase, and significant dates. The two-to-three page text consists of high points in the person’s life, sometimes introduced by a general observation, a paragraph on why the individual deserves our attention and devotion, and a brief original prayer. Some reasons, other than outstanding heroism and martyrdom, saints deserve attention and devotion: St. Faith of Conques never preached; St. Deicolus of Lure always worked for God’s glory rather than his own and accomplished his greatest work in his autumn years. Bl. Jocaba de’Settesoli, a wife, mother, and follower of St. Francis, sought advice from the saint on how to better practice charity. Francis told Jacoba that her daily duties inside her family were the best way to build holiness. She deserves our attention and devotion as one who became holy within her vocation and as a widow who persevered in the face of tragedy. Most important, writes O’Neel, Bl. Jacoba shows us what is means to practice total, self-giving love.

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