Saints, any good books about saints?
These saints belong to the Roman Catholic Church, through their visions and ecstasies they have written many books. Saint Faustina is a Polish Roman Catholic nun and mystic of the Church, canonized by Pope John Paul II, who frequently spoke with Jesus. She had visions of hell and accepted Jesus' offer to share in His Passion. She could see angels in every Catholic Church. At the breaking of the bread at Mass, she would see baby Jesus torn apart by the priest. Only a few people are privileged to see heavenly apparitions. According to another mystic, Anne-Catherine Emmerich's account of the resurrection, only John the Apostle could see the angel at the resurrection tomb, while Saint Peter was not aware of the apparition. Heavenly visions granted by God's wisdom. During a spiritual retreat with Saint Faustina, Jesus talks about spiritual warfare (another topic farther down).
Book: Diary Of St Maria Faustina Kowalska: DIVINE MERCY IN MY SOUL by Kowalska, St. Maria Faustina
Padre Pio, a priest from Southern Italy with the stigmata. His conversations with Jesus were casual occurrences in his life. Padre Pio's miracles include restoring eyesight to a blind woman, even though doctors could not find pupils in her eyes after the healing. He would fix legs that under the X-ray machine would show the opposite, as broken. Natural law does not apply when supernatural miracles are carried out. In confession, Padre Pio would speak foreign languages fluently and would see hidden sins in people.
Book: Padre Pio: Man of Hope by Allegri, Renzo
Saint Gemma Galgani, of Lucca, Italy, had the same discourses with Jesus as Padre Pio, experiencing the Passion of Christ many times in her lifetime and Jesus' scourging too. Her humility would drive her to doubt her sanctity until her death.
Book: The Life of Saint Gemma Galgani by Venerable Reverend Germanus C.P.
Josefa Menendez, a Spanish nun, had conversations with Jesus too. In her book, Jesus even describes his own Passion. A wealth of information by Jesus Himself and his unconditional love for us. The most beautiful prayers to Mary, Jesus, and God, the Father. She is a most humble, unknown saint; a powerful intercession for us.
Book: The Way of Divine Love by Sister Josefa Menendez
Book: Jesus Appeals to the World by Sales, Lorenzo
Mary of Jesus of Agreda, another Spanish nun, in 1650, wrote Mary's life into four books: the Life of the Mother of Jesus, from conception to coronation. Mary's comments about obedience, poverty, choosing the most ordinary, giving alms to the poor, and caring for people. Mary's life and her sufferings are obvious; her perfect prudence in every life moment is apparent. Obedience, where one submits to the wishes of the other person, as a way to show one's love for that person. She mentions the sacred statue of Mary in Zaragoza, during the evangelization of Spain by James the Greater, the apostle, just before his martyrdom in Jerusalem. Mary's request that her name not be mentioned in John's Gospel writings was made because people were so engrossed in idolatry that they were not yet ready to understand her connection to God.Mary's sanctity was the reason for our redemption by God. As humans, we are indebted to her. Mary of Agreda also describes Mary's suffering during Jesus' Passion in detail (book quote links: 1,1,2,2,3,3,4,4).
Book: The Mystical City of God: Part One - The Conception of Agreda, Mary
Book: The Mystical City of God: Part Two - The Incarnation of Agreda, Mary
Book: The Mystical City of God: Part Two - The Transfixion of Agreda, Mary
Book: The Mystical City of God: Part Three - The Coronation of Agreda, Mary
Book: Mary: Virgin, Mother, and Queen: A Bible Study Guide for Catholics by Pacwa, Father Mitch
Book: The World's First Love by Fulton
Catherine of Siena's writings, her conversations with God And God makes it clear that every suffering our neighbour puts us through should be taken as done by God himself, and our vengeance against our neighbour is like taking vengeance on God. Why is there such anguish? Suffering is how we learn to love our neighbor. How can we feel empathy if we have not gone through any pain ourselves?
Book: Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence: The Secret to Peace and Happiness by Father Jean Baptiste Saint-Jure
Book: The Dialogue of St. Catherine of Siena, Seraphic Virgin and Doctor of Unity by Catherine of Siena
Francis of Assisi's connection to nature is renowned. He would see nature, created by God, as a wonderful connection to God, animate, and inanimate. Kind to everybody, no matter their sins and beliefs. The polio vaccine was inspired by St. Francis' intercession.
Book: The Lessons of Saint Francis: How to Bring Simplicity and Spirituality into Your Daily Life by Talbot, John Michael
Book: The Writings of St. Francis of Assisi by St. Francis of Assisi
Saint Anthony of Padua is the testimony of innumerable supernatural gifts granted to saints, such as bilocation, miracle cures, control over animals, conversation with the Child Jesus and Queen Mary, raising the dead, prophetic visions; his tongue remained incorrupt after death.
Book: St. Anthony: The Wonder-Worker of Padua by Charles Warren Stoddard
At present, there are living people who will become saints of the Church after their passing. I can mention one person with certainty: Fr. Zlatko Sudac, a modern-day priest, mystic, and stigmatist. Why? Because he humbly submits to the authority of the Church in all matters related to his gifts and ministry. His sermons are powerful. He said: "It is impossible to speak about God. The only way to communicate with God is to love God...there is a fear of the Lord when we talk about Him", you bet. That is why I only mention Christian books and collaging their views to show that Christianity is ever-present today as it was since its beginnings, contrary to what we read in the media.
Book: The Life, Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ: A Chronicle from the Visions of Anne Catherine Emmerich
Book: The Life, Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ Book II: A Chronicle from the Visions of Anne Catherine Emmerich
Book: The Life, Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ Book IV: A Chronicle from the Visions of Anne Catherine Emmerich
Book: The Life, Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ III: A Chronicle from the Visions of Anne Catherine Emmerich
Can you be a saint in the middle of family life? Yes. Jesus said to Elizabeth Kindelmann in 1963:
Let no creature come between us. Write down my words so others realize that they can only possess God if they come far away from all earthly noise. You are a living proof that this is possible. I put you in a family setting so all can see that they can serve their family and God at the same time.
Book: The Flame of Love by Elizabeth Kindelmann
The same was said to Blessed Anne-Maria Taiga (incorrupt for a few decades), mother of seven children, by Jesus Christ Himself, in 1790; Jesus gave her also the most important advice:
My daughter, spiritual profit consists neither in penance, nor in the frequentation of the Sacraments, nay, not even in abiding sorrow for sin, but in the union of your will with Mine. Those who wish to follow My way must renounce their own will everywhere and in all things. Do what you do not wish to do; leave undone what you wish to do; one act of violence to oneself of this kind is much more pleasing to Me than an entire year of penances. You must not for the future use such language as: 'I want this; that is pleasant, that other thing unpleasant, and I would rather not do it'-such is the language of the world.
Book: Wife Mother and Mystic: Blessed Anna Maria Taigi by Albert Bessieres
Book: St. Rita of Cascia: Saint of the Impossible by Joseph A. Sicardo
Sister Lucia of Fatima (Portugal, 1917) may further clarify the above,
How to offer Him countless little sacrifices. If you feel like eating something... leave it, and eat something else instead; and thus offer a sacrifice to God. If you feel inclined to play, do not do so, and offer to God another sacrifice. If people question you, and you cannot avoid answering them, it is God who wills it so: offer Him this sacrifice too.
Book: Fatima in Lucia's Own Words Volume I Santo, Lucia
Even non-saintly secular wisdom can shed light upon this (Ricardo Darín on the 2020 pandemic) :
We spend our lives longing for stupid things. Coronavirus is a great blow to the ego. And whenever we fight against the ego we are doing something good, because it is our internal monster.
Miracles in the life of saints are many and well documented. For example, Joan of Arc, a soldier liberating France from England, burnt at the stake in 1431,
The executioner restarted the fire so as to burn the rest of Joan's body to ashes. But Therage was unable to burn her heart and her intestines, despite the oil, the sulfur, and the charcoal he applied. He became greatly disturbed by the evident miracle and realized that he had executed a saint.
Book: For God and Country the Heroic Life and Martyrdom of St. Joan of Arc Cerrone, Fr Michael J
Related to Joan of Arc, Saint Thomas Aquinas said in 1250 about war:
Likewise to be a soldier for the sake of some worldly object is contrary to all religious life, but this does not apply to those who are soldiers for the sake of God's service.
Saint Charbel of Lebanon (May 8th, 1828-1898) healed hundreds after his incorrupt death. He is certainly looking well in the middle of this miraculous photo on May 8th, 1950,
Book: Saint Sharbel, mystic of the East, 1828-1898 by Claire M Benedict
A saintly monastic life is better understood by its first pioneers, Saint Anthony of the Desert (356ac).
Book: Life of Anthony by Athanasius
The miracle of the multiplication of food is found in the life of the incorrupt Blessed John Vianney (1786 - 1859), you may read his anonymous book in audio form. Jesus' Mercy is best recognized by Margaret of Cortona (1247-1297), a penitent saint; the clearest messages from the Son of God, a wealth of information,
Book: The Life of Saint Margaret of Cortona by Antonio Francesco Giovagnoli
Saint Gabriel Possenti, a Passionist in 1860, hundreds of healing miracles occurred at his tomb.
Book: The Life of Blessed Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows Gabriel Possenti by Hyacinth Hage
Jesus explained about saints to a Benedict Monk, in March 2010:
Learn from My saints. Study them. Receive their teachings. Draw inspiration from their friendship with Me. But do not try to imitate them. Each of My friends arrives at union with Me by the path traced for him by the Holy Spirit. Even when two paths may appear similar, know that they are not identical. All of these paths converge in union with Me, in the light of My Face, and all of them lead to the open door of My Sacred Heart. Yours is the way of adoration. I have called you to abide before My Eucharistic Face and to make it possible for others to follow that same vocation. Even when many souls are called to the same way of life, each soul has its secret of love, a way of experiencing My friendship most intimately, that can be shared with no one else. My love is a personal love. I love each soul that I have created as if that soul were the only soul in the universe, and I adapt My infinite love to the particular sensibilities and needs of that soul with all the wisdom and tenderness of My divine Heart.
Book: In Sinu Jesu: When Heart Speaks to Heart - The Journal of a Priest at Prayer by A Benedictine Monk