Ever find yourself awake in the middle of the night, unable to quiet your mind? Or up late nursing a new baby? A good read can help. We recommend Robert Ellsberg’s, All Saints: Daily Reflections on Saints, Prophets and Witnesses for Our Time.
Books like All Saints, help reduce the poverty of our imaginations in terms of envisioning what is possible for our lives.
Get out of your own head with this collection of short profiles, one for every day, from St. Therese of Lisieux to St. Mother Teresa, from Moses to Gandhi. The book combines traditional saints with other spiritual greats, like Martin Luther King Jr. and Thomas Merton.
Ellsberg’s prose brings these figures to life in fresh ways. His book would make an excellent gift for anyone wanting to learn more about the Christian story. As Pope Benedict XVI once wrote, “Art and the saints are the greatest apologetics for our faith.”
Reading the story of a holy person every day helps put personal struggles into perspective. As Nelson Mandela once wrote, “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
What’s more, books like All Saints, help reduce the poverty of our imaginations in terms of envisioning what is possible for our lives. The lives of these men and women inspire us to become the saints we are called to be. No two saints are alike, each had their own passions and perspectives, and responded to the particular problems of their time and place in a unique way.