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God's Doorkeepers: Padre Pio, Solanus Casey And Andre Bessette [Paperback]

By Joel Schorn (Author)
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"I look on my whole life as giving, and I want to give and give until there is nothing left to give." - Solanus Casey, from the Introduction Padre Pio and Andre Bessette would have readily agreed with Solanus Casey even though, on the surface, none of the three had much to give. All grew up in humble circumstances, each suffered poor health, and none achieved academic distinction or prominent positions in their religious orders. They were, to all appearances, the sort of people others overlook. Yet in their lifetimes, untold numbers found physical and interior healing through their ministries, and since their deaths their fame has grown enormously. Their secret was the secret of every successful Christian life: In complete humility, they abandoned themselves to the will of God. Bessette and Casey literally answered the door at their monasteries, and Pio was something of a spiritual doorkeeper in the confessional. 'God's Doorkeepers' reveals how these miracle-workers, in spite of their lowly circumstances, inspired and continue to inspire those who seek a healing encounter with God.

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I look on my whole life as giving, and I want to give and give until there is nothing left to give.
--Solanus Casey, from the Introduction
Padre Pio and Andre Bessette would have readily agreed with Solanus Casey even though, on the surface, none of the three had much to give. All grew up in humble circumstances, each suffered poor health, and none achieved academic distinction or prominent positions in their religious orders. They were, to all appearances, the sort of people others overlook.
Yet in their lifetimes, untold numbers found physical and interior healing through their ministries, and since their deaths their fame has grown enormously. Their secret was the secret of every successful Christian life: In complete humility, they abandoned themselves to the will of God.
Bessette and Casey literally answered the door at their monasteries, and Pio was something of a spiritual doorkeeper in the confessional. "God's Doorkeepers" reveals how these miracle-workers, in spite of their lowly circumstances, inspired and continue to inspire those who seek a healing encounter with God.

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Studio: Servant Publications
Pages   162
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.08" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.52"
Weight:   0.47 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2006
Publisher   ST ANTHONY MESSENGER PRESS
ISBN  0867166991  
ISBN13  9780867166996  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! JOEL SCHORN is a writer and editor in Chicago. He is the author of "God s Doorkeepers: Padre Pio, Solanus Casey and Andre Bessette" and coauthor with Alice Camille of "A Faith Interrupted: An Honest Conversation with Alienated Catholics.""

Joel Schorn currently resides in Evanston, in the state of Illinois.

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Reviews - What do customers think about God's Doorkeepers: Padre Pio, Solanus Casey And Andre Bessette?

Saintly people in our lifetime  Mar 24, 2007
I certainly enjoy reading true stories about very human people who somehow or another rise up above all that is crazy about life and become "Saints" in our midst. These are uplifting stories about Padre Pio, Solanus Casey and Andre Besette from Canada. If your faith is an anchor in your life then these types of books help you a great deal to stay focused on being good people.
 
Awesome Example of 20th Century Humility & Charity  Mar 21, 2007
This wonderful book is neither an in-depth biography or a contemplative style manual but a comparitive text on three men who have so much in common. Each belittled or persucuted or relegated to menial tasks- these men are exemplified in short chapters that are written in a comparitive manner between the three. The book shows us how similar yet far apart these men were and most importantly, provides examples that are meaningful and pertinent to our lives today. Pride, humility, obedience, acceptance of Divine will...all the major issues we struggle with are summed up and lived by example by each of these holy men. No reader will come away without some feeling of solidarity with at least one of the three venerable men.
 
God's Doorkeepers A Hit!  Jan 5, 2007
Having an interest in both lives of Ven. Solanus Casey & Bl. Andre Bessette, my interest was piqued when I saw this book online and I decided to order it. I have never regretted this decision--it is an AWESOME book! My only complaint is that it is too short! I have read other books on Ven. Solanus Casey so it was neat to see other things that I already knew of and things that I hadn't known previously. It is very informative without being verbose, and hagiographer free! I want to know more about these men and Joel Schorn's book is a wonderful stepping stone.
Even though I am not as interested in the life of St.Padre Pio as I am of Ven. Solanus Casey, I found the chapters dealing with him to be also informative, clean cut, clear and concise without being preachy. He simply presents the men's lives as they were, the miracles that God worked through them and their moments of humanity (Bl. Andre, for instance, could be prickly at times though he did feel badly afterward and did apologize when he was in the wrong)--I do like this very much. Having a lively & passionate interest in both History and in the lives of the Saints, I like books that present the facets of their lives bare bones as they were, warts and all--I appreciate the bare bones honesty and I can't stand hagiography. I want to know what the saints were like as people: their struggles with faith, their doubts, their moments of triumph & tragedy, life changing moments and the world they lived in. Saints were people FIRST and I want to read books that keep this fact firmly in mind.
I highly recommend Joel Schorn's book as a stepping stone to reading more books on these saintly people who were, as we all are, flawed people first though they worked hard, prayed always, trusted in God foremost and struggled their entire lives to overcome their human weaknesses to become the saints they are.
 
Models of Holiness  Nov 29, 2006
Blessed Brother André Bessette (1845 - 1937), Venerable Solanus Casey (1870-1957), and St. Pio of Pietrelcina (1887-1968) are the doorkeepers of the title, so named because they spent their lives in humble service, Casey and Bessette as actual porters in their monasteries and Pio as spiritual doorkeeper at the confessional. All three were born into devout, poor families, were pious even as children, struggled with the rigors of seminary training, suffered from ill health, and lived past the age of 80.

Joel Schorn fleshes out the portraits of each, first individually and later by category, such as miracles, works of mercy, prayer, humility, and grace in suffering. In addition, he highlights general characteristics and practices of these three saints that we can use as models on our own faith journey. The three "embraced lowliness rather than trying to overcome it," he writes. They were also devoted to prayer and filled with patience, humility, and trust in God.

André, Solanus, and Pio always tried to draw others into relationship with faith, Schorn explains. Whatever the circumstances, they "invited people to trust in the loving care of God for themselves and their loved ones. Take this step of faith, they were saying...and God will respond to you with healing, reassurance, a resolution of your problems or a peaceful death."
 

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