The lives of saints are fascinating. Not only can we learn about how they lived their holy lives, but how we can emulate these traits to further serve the Lord.
Our saints’s surrender to God’s love was so generous that the Church has chosen to recognize them as heroes and heroines worthy to be held up for our inspiration. They remind us that it is only through living the life of Christ can we truly answer to the call of Holiness. (Read: 5 Reasons Why We Love St. Martin de Porres)
While their lives were conditioned by the culture and history of their own day and their expression of holiness is different from the twenty-first century, their essence remains the same: receiving God’s gift with joy.
If you are curious and want to deepen your understanding of the saints, here are biographies of My Pope Philippines‘s favorite saints— St. Padre Pio, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, and St. Francis of Assisi!
Saint Padre Pio: Man of Hope by Renzo Allegri
In this intimate biography, readers get to witness the results of Padre Pio’s prayers and the Source of his great hope. This book also covers the years between his beatification and canonization, his continued work in people’s lives, and the devotion of St. John Paul II to him. (Read: St. Padre Pio’s Prayers for Healing and Miracles)
St. Padre Pio is one of the most famous saints today. His popularity in the Catholic world is enormous and is always growing. Many churches and church leaders venerate and love him. His famous quote “Pray and do not worry” has been a source of inspiration for many people.
The Way of Simple Love: Inspiring Words from St. Thérèse of Lisieux by Fr. Gary Caster
St. Thérèse of Lisieux, often called the “Little Flower,” has inspired many people to follow Jesus according to her “little way of love.” Though not a biography, this book is a collection of quotes from this beloved saint. Fr. Gary Caster is also the author of The Little Way of Lent and The Little Way of Advent.
It is common knowledge that St. Thérèse promised to spend her time in heaven doing good upon the earth. The sign of her continued care would be “a shower of rose petals”– and those that are devoted to her know that she makes good on her promise. Many men and women— including Pope Francis, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, St. Pope John Paul II, and St. Teresa of Calcutta— are known to have deep devotions to the French saint.
Eager to Love: The Alternative Way of Francis of Assisi by Richard Rohr
Globally recognized as an ecumenical teacher, Richard Rohr is a Franciscan friar who wrote about the life of St. Francis of Assisi. He believes St. Francis is “a master of ‘making room for it’ and letting go of that which was tired or empty.” (Read: 10 Things Pope Francis and Saint Francis Share in Common)
Francis, moving away from the traditional way, found an alternative way to follow Jesus. He disregarded power and privilege and held to the path of the Gospel. This book encourages the reader to go beyond what is commonly known about St. Francis and discover the revolutionary, radical, and life-changing way that he and the Franciscans embraced the teachings of Jesus.