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God's Doorkeepers: Padre Pio, Solanus Casey and André Bessette Paperback – September 1, 2006
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Joel Schorn fleshes out the portraits of each, first individually and later by category, such as miracles, works of mercy, prayer, humility, and grace in suffering. In addition, he highlights general characteristics and practices of these three saints that we can use as models on our own faith journey. The three "embraced lowliness rather than trying to overcome it," he writes. They were also devoted to prayer and filled with patience, humility, and trust in God.
André, Solanus, and Pio always tried to draw others into relationship with faith, Schorn explains. Whatever the circumstances, they "invited people to trust in the loving care of God for themselves and their loved ones. Take this step of faith, they were saying...and God will respond to you with healing, reassurance, a resolution of your problems or a peaceful death."
Even though I am not as interested in the life of St.Padre Pio as I am of Ven. Solanus Casey, I found the chapters dealing with him to be also informative, clean cut, clear and concise without being preachy. He simply presents the men's lives as they were, the miracles that God worked through them and their moments of humanity (Bl. Andre, for instance, could be prickly at times though he did feel badly afterward and did apologize when he was in the wrong)--I do like this very much. Having a lively & passionate interest in both History and in the lives of the Saints, I like books that present the facets of their lives bare bones as they were, warts and all--I appreciate the bare bones honesty and I can't stand hagiography. I want to know what the saints were like as people: their struggles with faith, their doubts, their moments of triumph & tragedy, life changing moments and the world they lived in. Saints were people FIRST and I want to read books that keep this fact firmly in mind.
I highly recommend Joel Schorn's book as a stepping stone to reading more books on these saintly people who were, as we all are, flawed people first though they worked hard, prayed always, trusted in God foremost and struggled their entire lives to overcome their human weaknesses to become the saints they are.
This is a book you won't want to put down. Not only more info on
Saint Pio, but two other Friars, Brother Andre' & Father Solanus. What devotion, faith, and courage. Very spiritual, insightful, and sometimes even funny. All so devoted to our Lord God! I give this book 2 thumbs up with 100 stars!
God Bless us all!
This is a book which I could not put down.
It shows how those we think "Not worthy or talented" are able to draw others to faith through their presence.
and don't forget Alfonso Rodriguez of the Jesuits..described by Gerard Manley Hopkins Pperhaps for the next volume??
I am beginning to identify the unrecognized "ddorkeepers" in my own childhood...some of who are now gone.
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This is a fantastic book! These were three wonderful and Godly men.Published 2 months ago by Paul Greene
This Priests' were hand picked by our Lord to shepherd us to love one another as our Father in heaven does.Thank you God.Published 11 months ago by patricia soto
Spiritual insignts and biographical inaformation about three very holy men!!Published 12 months ago by Marie Carolyn Daly
A great book. Gives the reader a deep understanding of why these 3 men are so holy.Published 17 months ago by Albert C. Jackson
If you think being a saint is only for certain people who can do amazing things, you must read this. Read morePublished on July 9, 2013 by Joe Brick
Loved the way this book was written as it compared the lives of these 3 holy men. It was detailed and interesting. I knew a lot about Fr. Read morePublished on February 5, 2013 by Pesto9
This is a very good book about three holy men whose lives and experiences show the power of faith and God's continued action in our lives. Read morePublished on January 18, 2013 by Conor B. Dugan
I ordered the Kindle edition of this book to take on vacation. It is an easy read. It whets the appetite to learn more about these three holy people. Read morePublished on June 19, 2012 by busy grandma