Favourite Patron Saints
Who is the patron saint of astronauts? St Joseph of Copertino, on the grounds that he developed the gift of levitation. Motorways? St John the Baptist, for preaching 'Make straight the way of the Lord'. This selection of 60 patron saints from 20 centuries provides inspirational examples of 'heroic virtue' as well as information on some of the more bizarre lives. Also included are their feast-days, traditional emblems and the history of their patronage.
From Darkness to Light
Built to provide a centre for the Catholic faith in England, the neo-Byzantine splendour of John Francis Bentley's design for Westminster Cathedral is widely regarded as one of the triumphs of late Victorian architecture. Patrick Rogers's lovingly written account tells the story of the cathedral's building, the relics it houses and the continuing struggle to complete its lavish mosaic decoration. With a Prologue by Sir Roy Strong.
Counsels of Light and Love of St John of the Cross
First published in 1935, this short manual containing the nine simple 'Cautions' and the 'Points of Light and Love' of St John of the Cross (1542-1591), is introduced by the Catholic theologian Thomas Merton(1915-1968), who shows how these powerful sayings reveal the essential ascetic doctrine of the Carmelite Doctor.
Butler's Lives of the Saints
New Concise Edition
With one saint for each day of the year, this volume is a selection from the 2,500 entries in the new full edition of Butler's work. It gives a simple factual presentation of their lives, showing how they worked for the good of their fellow men and women. Towering figures (Anselm, Augustine, George) contrast with the more obscure (Blaise, Thorlac, Wulsin), but all illustrate the words of Alban Butler himself: in saints' lives 'we see the most perfect maxims of the gospel reduced to practice'.