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Saints off the Pedestal: Real Saints for Real People [Paperback]

By Amanda M. Roberts (Author)
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"None of the saints were born on the pedestal to which we have relegated them. They struggled to find and persevere in their path just like the rest of us do. They faced internal weaknesses and external challenges just like we do. And at the end of the day they came through their ordeal, just like we can, just like we must." -- From the Introduction Many of us, when we think of the saints, think of people who lived lives of extreme piety, their days filled with prayer and holy acts, and at times even visions of the divine. Whoever they were, these saints can often seem beyond our grasp of understanding and appreciation. We tend to forget or remain unaware of the struggles of faith and everyday life that these people endured, struggles that we "ordinary" people can relate to. This book takes an in-depth look at the lives of ten well-known saints of the Catholic church. She makes their stories accessible so that we can find inspiration to follow their examples of holiness. She includes interesting facts about the life and times of each saint as well as questions for individual or group reflection.

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Peter
Augustine of Hippo
Francis of Assisi
Catherine of Siena
Teresa of Avila
Aloysius Gonzaga
Martin de Porres
Elizabeth Ann Seton
Katharine Drexel
Therese of Lisieux
"None of the saints were born on the pedestal to which we have relegated them. They struggled to find and persevere in their path just like the rest of us do. They faced internal weaknesses and external challenges just like we do. And at the end of the day they came through their ordeal, just like we can, just like we must." From the Introduction
Many of us, when we think of the saints, think of people who lived lives of extreme piety, their days filled with prayer and holy acts, and at times even visions of the divine. Whoever they were, these saints can often seem beyond our grasp of understanding and appreciation.
We tend to forget or remain unaware of the struggles of faith and everyday life that these people endured, struggles that we "ordinary" people can relate to. No saint lived a life of perfection, but all were able to persevere in faith, becoming our spiritual guides and models of Christian living.
In "Saints Off the Pedestal" Amanda Roberts takes an in-depth look at the lives of ten well-known saints of the Catholic church. She makes their stories accessible so that we can find inspiration to follow their examples of holiness. She includes interesting facts about the life and times of each saint as well as questions for individual or group reflection.

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Studio: Saint Anthony Messenger Press
Pages   151
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.39" Width: 5.73" Height: 0.42"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 26, 2008
Publisher   ST ANTHONY MESSENGER PRESS
ISBN  0867168005  
ISBN13  9780867168006  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! AMANDA M. ROBERTS is the faith formation director at St. Robert Bellarmine Parish in Andover, Massachusetts. The third of eight children, she grew up in Buenos Aires, Argentina, until moving to the United States with her family. She holds an undergraduate degree from the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, where she first became involved in ministry, and a Master of Divinity from the University of Notre Dame. She spent a year in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and volunteered in youth ministry before becoming a full-time parish minister.

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Not Just Another Saint Book  Jul 24, 2008
I know, you wouldn't think we'd need another book about the Saints- but Off the Pedestal gives us a new insight into these fascinating and inspiring people, one that we can relate to on a much more human level. Written in language that is easy to understand and not filled with Catholic-ese, the stories are really captivating and got me thinking in new ways about these holy people I thought I knew. I recommend this title to anyone who wants inspirational heroes that one can relate to, and it would be great for a young person preparing for Confirmation and looking for a saintly role model who will inspire them to a holier life.
 
Not Superhuman, Simply Human  Jul 12, 2008
Amanda Roberts grew up thinking of saints as superhuman old people whose lives were irrelevant to those in the modern world. Today, as she demonstrates in Saints off the Pedestal, she realizes that the saints struggled with uncertainty, weakness, and challenges familiar to all humankind. Each of these 10 stories contains a scripture passage, biographical information, a personal reflection, and three or four discussion questions.

The theme in the life of Saint Martin de Porres, helping the poor and homeless, is clearly relevant in today's world. Even as a child in sixteenth century Peru, Martin was marked by generosity and compassion. When his mother sent him to buy food for the family, he often came home empty-handed, having given the grocery money to the poor. Later, as a doctor, he continued to serve the needy, refusing payment from his patients. Eventually he opened an orphanage and school for street children. In her reflection, Roberts suggests that the same questions we have about the best way to help the homeless came up for Martin. "He was probably just as aware as the rest of us that some of the people he helped were unsavory characters, but if he came across them, he helped them anyway," writes Roberts. Martin "saw the face of Christ in the neighbor in need before him" and could never just walk away. The reflection questions ask us to examine our thoughts about the poor and homeless and consider taking action in response to a societal problem.

Saints off the Pedestal is a good resource for individuals, faith-sharing groups, and catechists.
 

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