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
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About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.