I will be teaching a course in ethics this Fall and plan on including an account of a saint as a counterpoint to an article arguing against the value of saints. I’d like to find the most compelling account of a saint possible, preferably available online, that could be read by students at a state university (something, ideally, that would underscore the importance and value of saintliness without presupposing a Catholic background).
I was leaning toward Fr. Damien’s account here: ewtn.com/library/MARY/DAMIEN.HTM , but this seems to be directed toward Catholics only, and may be less suitable than other stories of saintliness. Are there any better accounts out there, or saints people think might work better for this? Thanks!
I am more looking for an account of a saint’s life that makes a compelling case for why people should value saints. Fr. Damien’s story would certainly resonate with people, but I’d like to find an account that isn’t particularly directed toward Catholics (as the EWTN story seems to be).
It doesn’t have to be Fr. Damien, though, if people have other saints of choice.
Well, my suggestion is: Don’t dumb down the subject. The reason people should value saints is because that is what God calls us to be. To give any lesser reason, for the purpose of not offending non-Catholics, will reek of compromise and will be ignored for that reason
People hunger for solid truth, and when truth is compromised, people smell it a mile away and you lose all credibility
Finding an account of a saint that isn’t written for Catholics is not to “dumb down” the subject. It is just to fit the reading to the audience. Saints are compelling even to non-Catholics, and I’d like to show them that as a counterpoint to an article arguing that we should want to not be saints. Of course saints have value because they do God’s will, but that value is often recognizable even to people who don’t fully understand (or yet accept) the meaning of that value.
I would agree that Maximilian Kolb would be an excellent and more contemporary example. His story is set in a period and location most understand and is therefore harder to dismiss as legend. His sacrifice was one not based on religious sect but Christ like love. He is an example for anyone as to how we should all follow Christ’s example of unconditional love for others.
I’d also agree regarding Saint Maximilian Kolbe who lived a holy and fruitful life, and a practical one, and ended up taking the place of a married man who was to be executed. He kept up the spirits of all who were chosen to die and was the last to die. He is a genuine example of a 20th century saint.
If you want the most simple way of living, a way that relates to youth of this day, and is so un-noticeable that it would seem the least in line of being saintly, then take the life of St Theresa the little flower.
As one nun said "what could we ever write about her life it was so plain. In this day and age this “simpleness” is the point that could in this day and age gain a place of heroic nature hence would not seem saintly.
And yet it in it’s simpleness is that very essence of saintliness God wishes of all people.
Originally Posted by Popes Soldier
*Well, my suggestion is: Don’t dumb down the subject. The reason people should value saints is because that is what God calls us to be. To give any lesser reason, for the purpose of not offending non-Catholics, will reek of compromise and will be ignored for that reason
People hunger for solid truth, and when truth is compromised, people smell it a mile away and you lose all credibility*
Well, insted of fitting the subject to the audience, I would try to conform the audience to the subject.
I’m sorry, I’m not trying to change the subject. Its just that in so many ways, some Catholics have chosen to conform themselves to the world rather than conforming the world to Christ, and the results have been abominable.
Its like, at my job, most people are PC and don’t talk religion. Me, on the other hand, when I see a chance, I put it out there that the Cathoilc Church is the true Church of God - no compromise. Oddly, I have gotten positive reactions, because (I think) people sense my commitment and my honesty. Thats all I’m saying
for college students, I think you would do better
with “The Confessions of St. Augustine.” He begins with his own life, which even though written in the 4th Century, young people today can relate to, and how God led him to conversion.
Also, St. Augustine is revered by non-Catholics as well.
I found it here on line, but I’m not familiar with the website but at a glance, it looks good;