The Wisdom of the Saints: An Anthology / Edition 1

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Covering over two thousand years of Church history, this unique anthology presents hundreds of aphoristic sayings from the writings and recorded works of both famous and obscure saints. Ranging from the polished literary statements of St. Francis de Sales, patron saint of journalists, to the cry of the martyr on the scaffold, these quotations treat a wide variety of themes such as joy, death, faith, hope, folly, and much more.
The volume includes diary notations, lists of personal resolutions, naive remarks of saintly children who have foreseen their own destiny, and the half-legendary utterances of early miracle-working saints of Ireland and the misty northern forests. It offers the wisdom of European, African, and Japanese saints, as well as an appendix of biographical sketches. Despite the diversity of the individuals represented—hermits and Popes, the urbane and the uncouth, the sensible and the passionately foolish—this book uncovers a degree of harmony of thought among all of the saints included here. By bringing the saints to life, this collection reminds us that they were real people—not a group of museum figures carved in marble—with a range of temperaments and personalities.

This unique anthology presents hundreds of aphoristic sayings from the writings and recorded literary statements of both famous and obscure saints.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195059151
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/1989
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Jill Haak Adels, Ph.D., works as a psychologist in private practice and for the Northampton Public Schools. She lives in South Hadley, Massachusetts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2004

    An incomparable treasure trove of wisdom!

    I LOVE this book! I return to it again and again and always find what I am seeking, be it comfort, reassurance, insight, enlightenment, or simply comic relief and a fresh perspective on things. It is inspiring to read the actual words spoken by the saints throughout the ages, and to be able to perceive their humanity, as well as their holiness and wisdom. The broad range encompassed in this collection is awesome, and it's topical organization makes it a snap to find what you're looking for. This book should be in the library of any thinking person who seeks and values the eternal truths regarding the human condition, and life both here and hereafter.

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