Tuesday, October 12, 2010

References for the Saints

I wanted to provide some references for the lives of the saints and other such sundry things

Butler's Lives of the Saints is one of the definitive collections of the lives of the Saints.  You can find it here.

This is a lives of the saints for the visually oriented.  Pictures are cool and moving and can really assist in meditation and prayer.  
You can find it here

There are some great films about saints as well.  Film is great medium to allow someone to be moved by the life of a saint.  Some of my favorite are:
The Passion of Bernadette follows the life of St. Bernadette after her apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes.  It shows the value and beauty of obedience, and how, for her, it assisted in her heroic virtue.

Therese shows in drama some of the highlights of St. Therese of Liseiux's life.

Another one is a classic movie that won an Academy Award, Becket.  Peter O'Toole plays St. Thomas á Becket.  Becket was martyred in his own cathedral.  To me, it's a bit overacted but is still a good film.

The last movie is an adaptation of Leonardo Defilipis' (he directed Therese and played her father) one-man play about St. Maximilian Kolbe, called Maximilian: Saint of Auschwitz.  I had the opportunity to see Defilipis perform the one-man play.  It was very moving, the film captures the emotion and the beauty of Kolbe's life.  

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