I just love reading about saints' lives—they're so inspiring!I read Ruth Sanderson's first book of saints some years ago and loved it.This second book is just as good.Accompanied by her beautiful illustrations (how does she know what some of these people looked like?), each page has a brief biography of the saint or blessed person (not quite a saint), including what they are patron or patroness of.Some of these people I'd never heard of before, so it was fun to learn about them.St. Margaret of Scotland interested me especially because she was never part of a religious order—she was a princess.And yet, because she did such good works, she was considered and given sainthood.Who would have thought that there is a patron saint of television (St. Clare)?I was pleased to see the Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha included, the Mohawk woman, as her shrine is an hour or so's drive east of me and she was just declared a saint this year.Mother Teresa is also included.She's one of the "blessed" ones, but I'll bet she'll be canonized on of these years.
What I found interesting also was how many of these men and women set out to become martyrs, or had hopes of becoming one.I can't say it's a life ambition that too many people ever have.Some of these saints also predicted the exact dates of their deaths.I really must read more about all of them.I hope Sanderson writes another book of saints.Highly recommended!
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