Saints Are Not Sad

Short Biographies of Joyful Saints

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"The only tragedy is not to be a saint", wrote the French novelist Léon Bloy. And St. Francis de Sales said that "A sad saint would be a sorry saint." But what is a saint? One way to answer is to analyze sanctity, theologically and psychologically. Another way, which is the path Frank Sheed chose in creating this volume, is to show you a saint-or rather, since no two saints are alike-to show you a number of saints. In this book, you are shown forty saints.

The saints Sheed chose for this collection are from various time periods: six before A.D. 500, seventeen from then to the Reformation, and seventeen from the Reformation to the middle of the twentieth century. Many are well known, like St. Anthony, Francis, Augustine, Patrick and Bernadette, while others are lesser known, for example, Columcille and Malachy.

The same can be said for the various authors of these short biographies. Among them are the famous like Hilaire Belloc, Alban Goodier and G.K. Chesterton, as well as priests and laymen whose names may no longer be familiar but whose writing still brings to life men and women whose closeness to God gave them purpose, strength, and yes, joy.

Frank Sheed

Frank Sheed was one of the best -known Catholic writers and apologists of the 20th century. He was the founder of the Catholic publishing house of Sheed & Ward, which published some of the greatest Catholic authors of the twentieth century. His own books include To Know Christ Jesus, A Map of Life, Theology and Sanity, Society and Sanity, and Saints Are Not Sad, all published by Ignatius Press.

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by Mary Ann Pater
on 5/4/2020
from Berwyn,IL
Saints Are Not Sad
I found this book at my local library and loved it so much that I am now ordering it to share with others.  It is a book that makes you think and ponder.  It helps us to get to know the saints in a very personal manner.  It is as if someone was spending time with you to help you to understand the life of the saints.  I cannot wait till I receive it.
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