Faithful reminded: ‘Bring back reading about saints’
MANILA – As more parishes and Catholic groups hold “processions of Saints” and the veneration of the saints’ holy relics, especially during the month of November, a Catholic publisher reminded the faithful about spiritual reading as a time-proven means to learn from the women and men proclaimed by the Church as models of holiness.
Each saint, a role model
“The life of a saint is the story of a person who followed the life and teachings of Our Lord in His lifetime. Some did great things, while others only did ordinary things. Yet they all bear a striking ‘resemblance’ because the likeness of Christ was reproduced in each one of them,” affirmed Luis A. Uson, president and managing director of Sing-tala Publishers, Inc.
Uson pointed out that all saints provide many lessons that one can learn from and imitate. According to him, each one is a role model who paves the path that leads to heroic sanctity.
“Each saint is known for some particular virtue or as intercessor for a specific petition, as St. Anthony of Padua for retrieving lost objects or St. Nicholas of Bari for providing material needs. Some suffered and died as martyrs for the faith, others proclaimed the Gospel in far-flung mission countries, while some served the poor and lived as obscure and silent workers in a convent or parish.”
Saints with defects
“Don’t forget that the saint is not the person who never falls, but rather the one who never fails to get up again, humbly and with a holy stubbornness.”
With these words of St. Josemaria Escriva Uson revealed how reading the lives of saints can help us “look at sainthood from the ‘down-here’ rather than the usual ‘up-there’ point of view”.
A frank account of saints’ lives shows that “sanctity does not consist in being raised to some niche with the palm of martyrdom in one hand,” Uson stressed.
Sanctity in a contemporary setting
For this reason, he recommended books that approach sanctity in a contemporary setting.
“A book, such as the ‘Defects of the Saints,’ gives readers a frank, no-frills look into the lives of the holy men and women with a ‘twist’.” The author, Jesus Urteaga, is a priest and best-loved author of other books like “Man the Saint,” “Always Cheerful,” and “Letters to Mankind.”
“’The Virtues of 50 Saints: What made them holy?’ by Carlos Pujol is another book which,” he described, “happily records the memory of the lives of good men and women.”
The publisher assured that “the book has a simple yet profound message to its readers: sanctity is not just for a few but for everyone, and that this is possible to attain, even in this day and age.” CBCPNews