“A day without suffering is a day lost.” This explosive statement was found in St Alphonsa’s spiritual diary. Pope Benedict XVI referred to this twice during the Canonization ceremony. Indeed, this affirmation sums up her life and her message. She stands out as the role model for all those who drink from the cup of suffering in their day-to-day life. St Alphonsa’s spirituality was built on four solid pillars of prayer, love, suffering and service. Of all these, it was through suffering embraced in love that she expressed her love for Jesus. In each of the seven brief chapters of this book Fr Kattady examines one aspect of St Alphonsa’s suffering and shows how she followed the footsteps of her crucified Saviour, embracing tightly the crosses in her life. The powerful message the author gathers from the life of this Saint of Suﬂering and conveys to the reader is that we just cannot belong to Jesus if we are not willing to share his cross.
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Saints To lean on Spiritual Companions For Illness and Disability
Since no one lives an entire lifetime without travail of some kind, them all should seek a deeper spiritual understanding of suffering. Mc Grane brings it all together redemptive suffering and radical trust this is how Jesus works through others for our good through one who suffers, a treasure for the suffering.
St Thomas more
Thomas More was born in London in 1478. He attended Oxford University and practised law in London. After the death of his first wife, Thomas married Alice Middleton who cared for his four small children. In the autumn of 1529 Thomas succeeded Cardinal Wolsey as Lord Chancellor of England. Thomas disagreed with King Henry on the question of the King dissolving his marriage to Catherine of Aragon. Within two years Thomas resigned as Lord Chancellor and retired from public life. In 1534 Parliament passed the Act of Supremacy making the King head of the English Church. Thomas was asked to subscribe to the oath, he refused and was charged with high treason. After a year in prison in the Tower of London he stood trial at Westminster Hall. On July 6, 1535 Thomas was executed on Tower Hill in London.
Saint Francis of Assisi
he knew that the praise of God stands on its strongest ground when it stands on nothing, he knew that we can the best measure the towering miracle of the mere fact of existence if we realize that but for some strange mercy we should not even exist. St Francis was a man of paradox. the inspiration behind the painting of Giotto and the poetry of Dante, Francis worked to end the crusade of the middle ages and intercede on behalf of birds. read this book and know more about st Francis
The Noble and the Humble
this book guides us through the lives of sixty-one lay men and women who achieved the heights of sanctity. These inspiring biographies present saints, whether kings and queens or peasants and farmers, who sanctified their daily work through the application of prayer and virtue. find a role model from among these saints.