By Scott Hahn
Angels and saints. Catholics are likely to think about them as different from the remainder of us. They’re solid in plaster or simpering on a holy card, acting miracles with superhero energy, or taking part in a harp in maximum heaven.
Yet they're very with reference to us in each manner. during this energetic booklet, Scott Hahn dispels the fake notions and concrete legends humans use to maintain the saints at a secure distance. in reality that Jesus Christ has united heaven and earth in a detailed communion. Drawing deeply from Scripture, Dr. Hahn indicates that the hosts of heaven encompass the earthly Church as a "great cloud of witnesses." The martyrs cry out from heaven’s altar begging for justice on this planet. The prayers of the saints and angels upward thrust to God, within the ebook of Revelation, just like the candy aroma of incense.
Dr. Hahn tells the tales of numerous saints (and a number of angels too) in a manner that’s clean and new. The saints are non secular giants yet with flesh-and-blood truth. they've got powerful, holy ambitions—and strong temptations and competition that needs to be conquer. Their tales are awesome and but everyday sufficient to encourage us to stay extra attractive lives. during this telling in their tale, the saints are neither otherworldly nor this-worldly. They exemplify the built-in existence that each Christian is named to live.
Still, their lives are as various from each other as human lives should be. Dr. Hahn indicates the heavenly Church in all its kaleidoscopic diversity—from Moses to Mary, Augustine to Therese, and the 1st century to the final century.
Only saints will reside in heaven. we have to be extra just like the saints if we wish to stay in heaven sometime. Dr. Hahn indicates us that our heavenly existence can commence now.
It needs to.
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Angels and Saints: A Biblical Guide to Friendship with God's Holy Ones by Scott Hahn