'America' Profiles the Saints

From its earliest days of publication, America has published frequent reflections on the saints, both longstanding and soon-to-be. Here we offer a selection of those articles. Not all of the individuals below have been canonized, but someday we hope they will be.

"Holy Men and Women," Drew Christiansen, S.J., October 29, 2007

"Saints on the Screen," James Martin, S.J., October 30, 2006

"Five Years with Dorothy Day," Robert Ellsberg, November 21, 2005

In My Soul," James Martin, S.J., September 24, 2007 (Blessed Teresa of Calcutta)

Of Many Things, James Martin, S.J., May 28, 2007 (On intercession)

"The Most Infallible Sign," James Martin, S.J., April 2, 2007 (The saints and humor)

"Believe Me If You Like," James Martin, S.J., May 22, 2006 (St. Joan of Arc)

"Friends in the Lord," Mark A. Lewis, December 5, 2005 (St. Ignatius, St. Francis Xavier and Blessed Peter Faber)

"The Saint of the Sock Drawer," James Martin, S.J., January 3, 2005

"United in Happiness," Lawrence S. Cunningham, February 23, 2004

"Holy Terrors," John W. Donohue, S.J., May 13, 1995

"The Case for St. Therese as a Doctor of the Church," (pdf download) Most Rev. Patrick V. Ahern, August 28, 1993

"The Mind of Ignatius Loyola: A Psychoanalytic Challenge," (pdf download) W. W. Meissner, July 20, 1991

“Prelude to the Making of a Saint,” Vincent Ferrer Blehl, S.J., March 11, 1989 (Blessed John Henry Newman)

"The Challenge of the Martyrs," (pdf download) Peter Schineller, S.J., October 11, 1980 (Oscar Romero)

"St. Patrick: 461-1961," (pdf download) Robert E. McNally, March 18, 1961

"St. Joan Wouldn't Know Herself," (pdf download) Vincent J. O'Flaherty, April 28, 1956 

"Certain Lives of the Saints,” (pdf download) Florence Gilmore, August 9, 1924 (Literature)

Craig McKee
6 years 7 months ago
Karl Rahner, S.J. has a great quote about why the saints matter:

"Herein lies the special task which the canonized saints have to fulfill for the Church. They are the initiators and the creative models of the holiness which happens to be right for, and is the task of, their particular age. They create a new style; they prove that a certain form of life and activity is really a genuine possibility; they show experimentally that one can be a Christian even in 'this' way; they make such a type of person believable as a Christian type."

from K. Rahner, THE PRACTICE OF FAITH: A HANDBOOK OF CONTEMPORARY SPIRITUALITY, p. 157; cited in Kenneth L. Woodard, MAKING SAINTS, p. 224.

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