Item description for Any Friend of God's, is a Friend of Mine: A Biblical & Historical Exploration of the Catholic Doctrine of the Communion of Saints by Patrick Madrid...
Overview The best ever explanation of the Catholic doctrine of the communion of saints written for a popular audience. Patrick Madrid explains in a clear and easy to follow style why Catholics pray to Mary and the saints. Using the Bible and the testimony of the early Church Fathers, he shows the biblical and historical foundations of this often misunderstood Catholic doctrine. He also walks you through the standard anti-Catholic arguments against praying to Mary and the saints and demonstrates why these arguments are themselves unbiblical.
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Studio: Basilica Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.5" Weight: 0.2 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 1996
Publisher Basilica Press / Simon & Schuster
ISBN 096426109X ISBN13 9780964261099
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More About Patrick Madrid
Patrick Madrid is a life-long Catholic. He has authored or edited 16 Catholic books including Search and Rescue, Where is That in the Bible, and the acclaimed Surprised by Truth series. Patrick serves as the Director of the Envoy Institute, which is dedicated to teaching Catholics how to explain their Faith more intelligently, defend it more charitably, and share it more effectively.
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An introduction to that great cloud of wintesses Dec 30, 2007
True it is that there is one mediator between God and man. So, should I not ask you to pray for me? On the contrary, scripture commands us to pray for one another. To not do so would not be scriptural. And, can death separate us from one another? Are we "saved" only to care for ourselves? As St. Paul might have said, perish the thought!
To deny the presence of the cloud of witnesses and the communion of saints simply because they happen to have passed into the next life, is to deny Christ's victory over death. The biblical mandate to share one another's burdens is clear and the denial of any part of the body of Christ for a "just Jesus and me" Christianity is no Christianity at all. It is unbiblical and not historical.
In this easy to read and solid introduction, Patrick Madrid counters the common Protestant objections with 4 pillars of truth: 1) The church is Christ's body, 2) Christ has only one body (not one on earth and one in heaven), 3) Death does not separate Christians, and 4) Christians are called to love and serve one another. Mr. Madrid takes the offensive by asserting these truths from scripture and history rather than simply responding defensively to Protestant assertions. In so doing, he gives a positive and uplifting view of this and doctrines related to it such as purgatory, relics, and icons and statues. Being such a positive and inspiring work, it is ideal for sharing with your Protestant friends.
Very readable and very highly recommended. Well done.
Catholic Beliefs Jul 26, 2007
This is a well written book and an easy read. The author, while being a expert in Catholic beliefs, writes at a level where the inquiring person or a new Catholic can understand.
The Fully Understand the Creed Now Nov 12, 2005
I read this book over a year ago. It was fascinating. I have always recited the Nicene Creed in Mass and the Apostle's Creed at the beginning of every Rosary. However, prior to reading this book, I did not understand, nor did I have an idea of what the Communion of Saints was. I've heard the terms "church militant", "church triumphant", and "church suffering" before but did not know how they related. We don't use those same terms anymore, but we still refer to those "modes" of being in the Christian faith.
Patrick Madrid, a well known apologist, one of the best, has given us an in-depth treatment of this ancient doctrine. A teen, during Bible study asked me once about the defense of the Communion of Saints doctrine because his friend was denying and attacking the belief. I sat down for about 4 hours and skimmed through this book again, and managed to put together 4 full pages of hand written notes on citations from the Bible, Tradition and Church documents which piece this doctrine together.
I highly recommend this book for the Catholic who needs to brush up on his/her understanding of this beautiful doctrine, the Protestant who seeks answers to why Catholics pray to Mary and the Saints (not as a form of worship as they believe), and perhaps even Catholics who may have just lost a loved one and have doubts about Purgatory. We never do leave our Communion with the Church of God, whether on Earth, in Purgatory, or in Heaven.
God Bless, Laurence
Best Source on the topic Jan 28, 2005
Growing up Catholic, I never gave the pharse "communion of saints" that I regularly professed as part of the Creed during mass much thought or analysis. I thought it merely meant there were saints and that was that. Then my parents moved to the Bible Belt, where false representations of Catholic doctrine were presented and attacked by non-Catholics particularly through here endless use of circulars.
Patrick Madrid's book provides an acccessible and succint summary of the Communion of Saints doctrine. The book can easily be read in an afternoon, but it does not omit any essential detail or fail to address any of the common arguments presented against the doctrine. Ideal for Catholics who want to know mroe about their faith (particualrly thsoe who have had their faith attacked and need help with the defense) or for non-Catholics who want to understand the role of saints in Christianity according to the real Catholic perspective.
Catholics do not worship saints or Mary, but believe that death does not separate the souls dedicated to Christ. That the righteous dead are just as much a member of the living church as the living. There are biblical foundations for this belief, which Madrid offers in detail. One of the conseuqeunces of this belief is the docrtine that saints pray with us at mass and may pray for our individual intentions.
The Communion of Saints doctrine is the belief that we can and should ask they dead the pray for us, juat as we ask the living to pray for us. It is not the pracitice of implying that anyone can take over the role of mediator, which was exclusively given to Jesus Christ, but it is the belief that just as friends on earth can pray for us to Jesus, so can the saints - including Mary. Madrid has a special chapter on Mary and the misunderstandings that surround her. The book also includes a section on the concept of Purgatory and its bilical origins and role in tradition.
The use of statues of saints to decorate churches has biblical roots in the use of angels and other images that were used to decorate the Temple built by Solomon. The use of iamges of saints in religious icons representation in stain glass, is no different than how people on earth carry photos of their loved ones as reminders; except for the fact that images of saints remind us how to be more pleasing to God because of the role model of their lives.
This is a valuable resource which should be used by teachers of faith formation classes and RCIA.
One Church in Heaven and Earth Apr 11, 2004
Madrid provides a needed service with this book. He addresses the following subjects: 1) What is the Communion of Saints? 2)Classical Protestant Objections 3)"Me nad Jesus" Christianity Isn't Biblical 4)The "One Mediator" Argument and Other Objections 5)Praying for the Souls in Purgatory 6)The Testamony of the Early Church 7)The Veneration of Relics 8)Statues and Images 9)Does Honoring Mary and the Saints Offend God? 10)Epilogue 11)Appendix: Council of Trent Decree Concerning the Invocation, Veneration, and Relics of Saints and Sacred Images
This book has been given to many Protestant friends and has clarified a great deal for them. It is also very useful for Eastern Orthodox Christians, with the exception of the chapter on purgatory (Orthodox have a different understanding of the matter).
Other books of interest may include: Discovering the Rich Heritage of Orthodoxy, by Bell; Lossky's, Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church; The Experience of God, by Staniloae; The Encyclopedia of Early Christianity, ed. Ferguson. For a detailed account of Icons and their usage see, The Resurrection and the Icon, by Quenot. Enjoy!