Saints who read books on the lives of other Saints


It truly amazes me how the Saints read books on the lives of other Saints. Can you name any other Saints who read about the lives of another Saint?

For an example:

St. Edith Stein (Teresa Benedicta of the Cross her Carmelite monastic name) was born and raised Jewish, when she was a teenager she claimed she was atheist. St. Edith Stein was a very brilliant young woman it wasn’t until she read about St. Teresa of Avila that she truly converted to Catholicism. She entered the Discalced Carmelite Order in 1933…

St. Teresa de Los Andes read about St. Teresa of Avila, St. Therese, and Blessed Elizabeth Trinity.

St. Madre Maravilla read about St. Teresa de Los Andes.


Saint Ignatius of Loyola was a soldier who was injured in battle. While recovering he read the lives of various saints which led him to decice to become a “soldier for Christ.” He wrote the Spiritual Exercises and founded the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).


St Gemma Galgani read a book on the life of St Gabriel Possenti (though he had not been canonized at the time).


Bl. Teresa of Calcutta read Francis of Assisi and Benedict.

Pius X, and John XXIII read Francis of Assisi.

John XXIII also read Philip Neri in great depth. He even received a PhD on the work of St. Philip.

Bonaventure read Francis of Assisi and later wrote his own biography on St. Francis.

Don Bosco was influenced by Francis de Sales.


Br. JR, OSF :slight_smile:


The Little Flower read some books on saints, but I don’t know which ones.


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