Whatever their history, at least once in their lives, saints heroically leap beyond their pride, self absorption, and even the instincts of self preservation into a fullness of sacrifice, generosity, and love that takes our breath away. As Father Bausch illustrates here, amazing grace envelops them, sometimes like a gentle breeze, other times like a storm. However it happens, he says, we are surprised, edified, and impressed, impressed enough to call them saints, whether they are official or not. He covers fifty of these saints (official, unofficial, and should-be s) here in his beautifully written anthology.
One more thing. Father Bausch says that saints teach us and assure us that we too can catch a glimpse of what God is like and learn who we are called to be. This is reason enough to listen to their stories.
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