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Any Friend of God's Is a Friend of Mine: A Biblical and Historical Explanation of the Catholic Doctrine of the Communion of Saints Paperback – August 15, 1996


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  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Basilica Press; 1 edition (August 15, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 096426109X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0964261099
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #941,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Patrick Madrid is the editor-in-chief of Envoy Magazine. For over 10 years, he has been active in the full-time apostolate of Catholic apologetics. His other books include Surprised by Truth and Pope Fiction: Answers to 30 Myths and Misconceptions About the Papacy.

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PATRICK MADRID is a life-long Catholic. He has authored or edited 16 books on Catholic themes, including Search and Rescue, Where Is That in the Bible, and the acclaimed Surprised by Truth series.

In the fall of 2012, he will release four new books with four different publishers: Our Sunday Visitor, Servant Books, Saint Benedict Press, and Random House.

Since 1996, Patrick has published Envoy Magazine, and he also serves as the director of the Envoy Institute, which is dedicated to teaching Catholics how to explain their Faith more intelligently, defend it more charitably, and share it more effectively.

Commenting publicly on the effectiveness of Patrick's approach to doing apologetics, Cardinal Edward Egan, Archbishop Emeritus of New York, said, "How do you bring a friend or relative back into the Church? First you pray. Then, you follow Patrick Madrid's advice in [his book] Search and Rescue."

Prior to launching the Envoy apostolate, Patrick worked at Catholic Answers for eight years (1988 to 1996), where he served as vice president.

A veteran of a dozen formal, public debates with Protestant ministers, Mormon leaders, and other non-Catholic spokesmen, he has presented over 2000 seminars on Catholic themes, in English and Spanish, at parishes, universities, and conferences across the U.S. and around the world.

Patrick hosts the Thursday edition of EWTN's "Open Line" radio broadcast (3-5 p.m. ET), heard on approximately 195 AM & FM stations across the country, as well as on Sirius Satellite Radio channel 130 and globally via shortwave.

Patrick earned a bachelor of science degree in business at the University of Phoenix, as well as a B.Phil. in philosophy and an M.A. in dogmatic theology at the Pontifical College Josephinum (Columbus, OH).

He teaches theology and apologetics as an adjunct professor at Franciscan University of Steubenville.

His website is www.patrickmadrid.com.

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Pat Madrid presents a very brief, yet very substantive book that examines this teaching.
"stpaulsapprentice"
It is also very useful for Eastern Orthodox Christians, with the exception of the chapter on purgatory (Orthodox have a different understanding of the matter).
matt
This book is very helpful not only for Catholic apologists, but for those wanting to understand the doctrine more fully.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 16, 1999
Format: Paperback
Not only did this book explain some questions I've always had about Catholic devotion to saints, but it was a delight to read. Not intimidating, as many books about the faith can be in their presentation. The writing is clear and to the point, but not dry or lacking in character. Many of the questions I had about the why's of praying to the saints have transformed into lucid and concrete answers that increase my faith in God and the church, and help me discuss the issue intelligently with others. I highly recommend the book to anyone.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By matt on October 29, 2000
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Madrid provides a needed service with this book. He addresses the following subjects: 1) What is the Communion of Saints? 2)Classical Protestant Objections 3)"Me nad Jesus" Christianity Isn't Biblical 4)The "One Mediator" Argument and Other Objections 5)Praying for the Souls in Purgatory 6)The Testamony of the Early Church 7)The Veneration of Relics 8)Statues and Images 9)Does Honoring Mary and the Saints Offend God? 10)Epilogue 11)Appendix: Council of Trent Decree Concerning the Invocation, Veneration, and Relics of Saints and Sacred Images
This book has been given to many Protestant friends and has clarified a great deal for them. It is also very useful for Eastern Orthodox Christians, with the exception of the chapter on purgatory (Orthodox have a different understanding of the matter).
Other books of interest may include: Discovering the Rich Heritage of Orthodoxy, by Bell; Lossky's, Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church; The Experience of God, by Staniloae; The Encyclopedia of Early Christianity, ed. Ferguson. For a detailed account of Icons and their usage see, The Resurrection and the Icon, by Quenot. Enjoy!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By daodan@aol.com on September 16, 1998
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I loved this book! The communion of saints is one of the most misunderstood Catholic teachings. "Any Friend of God's Is a Friend of Mine" is the first book I've ever read that tackles the biblical and historical evidences that support this crucial Catholic teaching. The Catholic practice of honoring Mary and the saints, asking for their intercession (after all, doesn't the Bible say we should pray for one another? 1 Tim. 2;1-4), and using statues, icons and sacred images, is clearly shown to be scriptural. When Catholics honor and ask for the intercession of Mary and the saints (our departed fellow Christians), they are not commiting "idolotry" -- and this book proves it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 15, 1998
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"Any Friend of God's" gives the best, clearest explanation of the Catholic doctrine of the communion of saints I've ever seen. The biblical evidence shown in this book for honoring and praying to Mary and the saints is impressive, especially in the way it thoroughly refutes many standard Protestant arguments. Great book to give to non-Catholics who want to understand Catholic teaching about praying to saints.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "stpaulsapprentice" on November 14, 2001
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The Catholic Church presents and preserves a beautiful teaching about our brothers and sisters in Christ who have gone on before us in a state of grace... that we are not separated by death, that our departed loved ones can still hear us and pray for us, and that there is a real union between us.
Pat Madrid presents a very brief, yet very substantive book that examines this teaching. Covering topics that range from praying to the saints to the power of saintly relics, Madrid argues almost exclusively from the Scripture, thus making this book a valuable resource in presenting the Communion of the Saints to a bible-only Christian.
As you read this book, you will hear the objections against this teaching from both modern apologists as well as the founding fathers of the Reformation (i.e., Calvin and Luther). You will be directed to the Scriptures that support this teaching, and be invited to consider the implications of those Scriptures. You will be taken back into history to see how these teachings (prayers to saints and venerating relics) were actually practiced BEFORE the Church came into being, by the Jews who comprised the first Church.
For being such a short, digestible work, this book is dense with truth, and is recommended for daily meditation.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 7, 2002
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Great introduction to the Catholic teaching on the communion of saints. Another fantastic reminder of the beauty of the Catholic Faith. When I was younger and I had to travel, my Mother would say and don't forget you also have your Mum in heaven and all the Angels and Saints, so ask for their prayers as well. During the birthdays of Saints we found out what made them special and how they gave lived their lives for Good and for God. It has always made me feel the Church on earth and in heaven with Our Lord God as the head are one big family. Thank you Mr Madrid for putting into words why.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Glutton for books on January 27, 2005
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Growing up Catholic, I never gave the pharse "communion of saints" that I regularly professed as part of the Creed during mass much thought or analysis. I thought it merely meant there were saints and that was that. Then my parents moved to the Bible Belt, where false representations of Catholic doctrine were presented and attacked by non-Catholics particularly through here endless use of circulars.

Patrick Madrid's book provides an acccessible and succint summary of the Communion of Saints doctrine. The book can easily be read in an afternoon, but it does not omit any essential detail or fail to address any of the common arguments presented against the doctrine. Ideal for Catholics who want to know mroe about their faith (particualrly thsoe who have had their faith attacked and need help with the defense) or for non-Catholics who want to understand the role of saints in Christianity according to the real Catholic perspective.

Catholics do not worship saints or Mary, but believe that death does not separate the souls dedicated to Christ. That the righteous dead are just as much a member of the living church as the living. There are biblical foundations for this belief, which Madrid offers in detail. One of the conseuqeunces of this belief is the docrtine that saints pray with us at mass and may pray for our individual intentions.

The Communion of Saints doctrine is the belief that we can and should ask they dead the pray for us, juat as we ask the living to pray for us. It is not the pracitice of implying that anyone can take over the role of mediator, which was exclusively given to Jesus Christ, but it is the belief that just as friends on earth can pray for us to Jesus, so can the saints - including Mary.
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