November 2018

Located in the Parish Library: Biographies 212

39 new saints you should know by Brian O’Neel

Have you ever heard of Bartolo Longo, the former satanic priest? Or Enrico Rebuschini, who battled depression? Or the happily married Luigi and Maria Beltrame-Quattrocchi? Or Gianna Beretta Molla, who chose the life of her unborn child over her own? And Bakhita, the young slave girl? Pope John Paul II beatified a staggering number of people – over 1500 – and many of them remain still obscure as they were before.

This wonderful book contains some of their amazing and powerful stories, ordinary human beings who were just everyday Christians, who lived or died for their beliefs because of their firm love for God. Reading their stories gives anyone a lot of hope that you too can be become a saint, by everyday acts of faith and love. You don’t need to have mystical visions or do some big heroic
act.

Each story is followed by a brief reflection of tribute/prayer, and each is a celebration of the many Saints that make our Christian heritage richer, and this month of November very special.