Angels and Saints: A Biblical Guide to Friendship with God's Holy Ones

Angels and Saints: A Biblical Guide to Friendship with God's Holy Ones

by Scott Hahn
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MatthewMckibben More than 1 year ago
Angels and Saints: A Biblical Guide to Friendship with God’s Holy Ones A Summary Scott Hahn has brought to life one of the most transcendental items our Triune God has gifted humanity with, Angels and Saints. As clarified throughout the book, Scott reminds his readers that we as a human body are all called to be Saints, for he goes further into the etymology of the word and helps identify explicitly the word Saint. Another part of Scott’s book I deeply appreciated was the “Ponder in Your Heart” section ending each chapter. These reflections, from the saints themselves, help illuminate the mystery surrounding the Saints passion for God. As Saint Therese wrote to a seminarian student in 1897: “Sometimes, when I read books in which perfection is put before us with the goal obstructed by a thousand obstacles, my poor little head is quickly fatigued. I close the learned treatise, . . . and I turn to the sacred scriptures.” This little note can comfort the most stressed soul, for I have experienced this same sense of exasperation and, truly, scripture is my only cure. Scott has impressed upon the heart of the Catholic Church a true sign of ultimate deliverance. That in the communion of Angels and Saints one is glorifying God with them, and they are praying for God’s deliverance along with us in a universal prayer of thanksgiving. I concur with Fr. Robert Barron: “Dr. Scott Hahn has created not only a brilliant introduction but a masterful treatise on how the church understands the angels and the saints.”
FrancescaFB More than 1 year ago
INSPIRING! The prayers of the Angels and Saints rise to God like the sweet aroma of incense. This is a most profound way of thinking of how the Angels and Saints respond to us. We pray to our Saints, our friends in heaven, with our causes, with our requests, and it brings comfort to know that they will intercede with God our Lord Jesus Christ on our behalf. Scott Hahn has brought to our attention that if we choose to live a more dedicated life now, as the Saints have done in the past, we too can achieve the spiritual perfection that God desires from us. Through prayer and acts of faith, kindness, and communion with not just the Saints but with all our brothers and sisters, then we can try to achieve the life God has meant for all of us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am still reading this book, but I have read enough to know that it is a winner. As with all his books, I read one chapter and then meditate on it. He is so knowledgeable and I have learned a lot.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Angels and Saints, by Scott Hahn, is a very engaging, personable, and readable book with a down-to-earth approach to heaven-on-earth. The author starts out by relating his own experience of that holy, catholic church, where angels and saints surround him in prayer as his child lies ill. But we are all saints, he says, in Christ, though we can’t be in ourselves. And this promise gives a uniquely promising flavor to the author’s look at church history and theology. Catholics will enjoy this book’s explanations of things we’re often challenged on. No, we don’t worship idols. But yes, we do put up pictures and statues of those in our family (the family of God) who’ve been much loved and have wonderfully influenced our lives. No, we don’t confuse Mary with God (read the book to see why not). And yes, we do have Biblical reasons to speak of Guardian Angels. Meanwhile, Protestant Christians (as a mongrel, I belong to both groups) will delight in a Biblical account of holiness, followed by a profoundly fascinating history of faith from the time of Christ, to the times of those who walked with those who walked and talked with him, all the way to the present day. It’s a history of holy people, and it’s filled with thought-provoking theology, unwavering adherence to God’s word in the Bible, and unswerving love for God’s family on earth. Want to know what Gnosticism means? Meet those who opposed it. Want to know how a Polish Catholic became a saint? Ever wondered if the Old Testament had saints too? Read this book – it’s really easy to read – and find out for yourself. Disclosure: Blogging for Books provided this book to me for free in exchange for an honest review.