This, truly, is a bedside book of saints, crafted like an old-fashioned quilt — a colorful thing of threads and patches meant to brighten the bedroom and lift the spirits of souls wearied by the day.
Like the patchwork quilts made by your grandmother, these tales have been sewn together without great study and with very little plan: variety and charm are often the very thing needed to cheer a downcast soul and bring consolation and hope to the Christian who takes up a book just before falling asleep.
In these pages, Fr. Aloysius Roche shows you the saints not so much from a new angle as from a less familiar one, a comfortable angle that makes for a certain coziness. Without diluting the intensity and holiness of the saints, he tries to bring them near, to bring them home, to bring them to your very bedside.
So he lets the saints themselves do most of the talking. “I am like a parrot who has learned to speak,” wrote St. Teresa. Exactly! In writing this book, Fr. Roche seeks to be a parrot like St. Teresa, not reporting his own thoughts but giving you the words of the saints themselves.
But whoever’s doing the talking, it won’t be loud. It would never do to send you off to bed with a book about the saints that keeps you awake all night. Some nights, however, even after reading a few of these pages, sleep may evade you. At those times, read a few more. (You’re likely to come across that holy friend of those with sleep-related woes: St. Vitus, whose symbol is a rooster: he helps sleepyheads who find it hard to wake up in the morning!)
Whatever you do, don’t read this book all in one sitting. Take just a few pages a night — no more. The charming, often humorous stories of these eminently human saints will ease your soul and help bring you good dreams. In the morning, you’ll rise from your bed with fresh hope, and carry with you into your day greater confidence in God and his saints.
I ordered this book from Sophia Institute Press to read as part of their Books for Bloggers program because I was very interested to see the claims that the Catholic Church has more of a complete grasp of the meaning of scripture than other religions. Although I am not a Catholic, I am a Protestant, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is 444 pages long but it is filled with wonderful Bible verses to back up the statements given. What impressed me very much is that the author was actually a Protestant who reformed to Catholicism so the book has a little bit of both worlds in my point of view. In all honestly, it is written for either to understand and you can tell years and years of research went into writing this book. I recommend it to everyone who is searching for answers to their biblical questions. It is a great reference book when you are doing your personal Bible study as well. I give it 5 stars.
Too often Bible-based Christians think they can dismiss Catholicism. This book underscores the need to study Scripture in a more complete context. It is invaluable to anyone seeking a proper understanding of what Scripture is saying to us.
1. The Human Nature of the Saints
2. The Common Sense of the Saints
3. The Affections of the Saints
4. The Lives and Letters of the Saints
5. The Joy of the Saints
6. The Health of the Saints
7. The Saints and Animals
8. The Wit and Humor of the Saints
9. The Friendship of the Saints
10. The Cheerfulness of the Saints
11. The Playfulness of the Saints
12. The Peace of the Saints
13. The Cleanliness of the Saints
14. The Littleness of the Saints
15. The Saints and Sleep
16. The Secret of the Saints
Saints of the American Wilderness
Saints for Sinners
Twenty Tales of Irish Saints
Young People’s Book of Saints
Nothing Short of a Miracle
Love That Made Mother Teresa