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JOEL SCHORN is a writer and editor in Chicago. He is the coauthor with Alice Camille of A Faith Interrupted: An Honest Conversation with Alienated Catholics (Loyola Press).
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  • Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Servant (September 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0867166991
  • ISBN-13: 978-0867166996
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #753,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Blessed Brother André Bessette (1845 - 1937), Venerable Solanus Casey (1870-1957), and St. Pio of Pietrelcina (1887-1968) are the doorkeepers of the title, so named because they spent their lives in humble service, Casey and Bessette as actual porters in their monasteries and Pio as spiritual doorkeeper at the confessional. All three were born into devout, poor families, were pious even as children, struggled with the rigors of seminary training, suffered from ill health, and lived past the age of 80.

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."
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Having an interest in both lives of Ven. Solanus Casey & Bl. Andre Bessette, my interest was piqued when I saw this book online and I decided to order it. I have never regretted this decision--it is an AWESOME book! My only complaint is that it is too short! I have read other books on Ven. Solanus Casey so it was neat to see other things that I already knew of and things that I hadn't known previously. It is very informative without being verbose, and hagiographer free! I want to know more about these men and Joel Schorn's book is a wonderful stepping stone.

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.
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This wonderful book is neither an in-depth biography or a contemplative style manual but a comparitive text on three men who have so much in common. Each belittled or persucuted or relegated to menial tasks- these men are exemplified in short chapters that are written in a comparitive manner between the three. The book shows us how similar yet far apart these men were and most importantly, provides examples that are meaningful and pertinent to our lives today. Pride, humility, obedience, acceptance of Divine will...all the major issues we struggle with are summed up and lived by example by each of these holy men. No reader will come away without some feeling of solidarity with at least one of the three venerable men.
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I certainly enjoy reading true stories about very human people who somehow or another rise up above all that is crazy about life and become "Saints" in our midst. These are uplifting stories about Padre Pio, Solanus Casey and Andre Besette from Canada. If your faith is an anchor in your life then these types of books help you a great deal to stay focused on being good people.
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This book was fabulous. Anyone wishing a boost of their Catholic Faith? This is a must! I was just looking for a bit more info on Padre Pio. Wow!
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!
Geri H
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So inspiring!!
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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