Sixth Sunday of Easter – May 26, 2019

Last week I offered books of theology for summer reading. This week we will go for some slightly easier reads: lives of the saints.

One of the most read life of a saint, at least in English, is the autobiography of St. Therese of Lisieux (the Little Flower), The Story of a Soul. A Carmelite nun in late-nineteenth century France, she died at the age of 24. This holds a special place in my heart because I grew up serving Mass at the Carmelite monastery in Parnell.

Another saint that is close to me is St. Dominic Savio, my Confirmation saint. Another nineteenth century saint, he died at the age of 14. He was a student of St. John Bosco, who wrote an excellent biography of him, The Life of Dominic Savio.

Another biography written by a saint is The Life of St. Benedict by Pope St. Gregory the Great. St. Benedict is known as the founder of Western Monasticism. There were many monasteries in the Eastern Church, but St. Benedict formalized the Western tradition of monasticism in the sixth century with the rule of life that is still the foundation of many religious orders.

The last recommendation for a life of a saint is The Cure D ‘Ars by Francois Trochu and Dom Ernest Graf O.S.B. St. John Vianney was a parish priest in nineteenth century France who is noted for the hours he would spend in the confessional (hint, hint). In many ways he was an ordinary priest, yet he was extraordinary in his faithfulness to his priesthood.

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I just noticed that three of the saints on this list are from the nineteenth century. This is appropriate because, while our lives are different today, they are not all that different. The same problems that afflicted them afflict us today, though sometimes in a different guise. Their witness to a holy life is an inspiration to holiness in the midst of the new/old problems of humanity.

~ Father Aaron Ferris

Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron R. Ferris Ordination Date: June 6, 2009 Pastor, St. Anthony Parish (Saranac) and St. Mary’s Parish (Lowell) 402 Amity Street Lowell, MI 49331 Phone: 616-897-9820
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