A Treasury of Saints: 100 Saints: Their Lives and Times

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The lives of 100 Christian saints are chronicled in brief, enlightening biographies, supplemented with summaries of their good works and the miracles attributed to them. Most profiles come with a full-color illustration of the saint, and many illustrations are reproductions of paintings by famous artists. This anthology of saints spans two thousand years of history, from an account of the life of Mary, the mother of Jesus, to the story of Maximilian Kolbe, who, at Auschwitz in 1941, sacrificed his own life to save the life of another prisoner of the Nazis. Other holy figures included in this collection are Francis of Assisi, the patron of animals and nature; Vincent de Paul, the patron of charitable societies; Benedict, the founder of European monasticism; Joan of Arc, who defended France in battle; and Thomas Aquinas, the renowned scholar and philosopher. Also portrayed are several of Christ's apostles, as well as the angels Michael and Raphael. Cross-references in many accounts direct readers to connections with other saints. Both patronage and symbolism are explained as they are traditionally connected with each of the book's historic figures. More than 150 full-color illustrations.

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A saint in the Catholic and Orthodox tradition is defined as someone whose life so exemplifies holiness and virtue that the Church has officially declared him or her to be in Heaven. The process of becoming a saint?from being the Venerable to the Blessed to Saint?can take hundreds of years before the Pope finally initiates canonization.

Saints come from all walks of life. Some were peasants, others doctors of the church, and all exhibited a special devotion to God that manifested itself in different ways, each according to his or her calling. Some saints have become patrons of professions, some of cities and countries, others have been adopted for various causes.

This lavishly illustrated Treasury of Saints profiles the lives of 100 saints and reveals their patronage, symbols, and feast days. It is arranged thematically into chapters such as Family and Home, Disaster and Rescue, Suffering, and Professions and Occupations, with each chapter arranged chronologically. Two indexes help the reader to find a saint by name or subject.

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Malcolm Day has an academic background in theology and is the author of several previously published books on biblical events and Christianity. Among them is The Book of Miracles, recently published in North America by Barron's.

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