There’s been too much bad press and the media never, ever portrays the Church in a positive light that I have seen. That needs to change, not only for the Catholic Church, but for Christianity in general.
I remember reading the play by George Bernard Shaw (great English playwright, and Protestant) about St Joan. While great, it is a bit on the irreverent side, particularly the last scene which refers to Joan’s canonisation. Especially when combined with the preface he wrote about her, where he calls her ‘the first Protestant canonised saint’ or some such rot, merely because she stood up to a corrupt political bishop and was martyred for it.
Shaw was a great writer, that’s for sure. He obviously just didn’t understand the situation good enough and portrayed his own bias.
I was a little surprised that it was on the reading list at the Catholic high school I went to (not that I studied it myself), but that’s Catholic education for you. :shrug:
LOL, I wouldn’t know. I wasn’t fortunate enough to be born Catholic or attend Catholic school.
Relationships between saints and their confessors? St Francis de Sales and St Jane Frances de Chantal had a good relationship, as did St Vincent de Paul and St Louise de Marillac, and St Margaret Mary and her confessor, Ven Claude de la Colombiere, St John of the Cross and St Teresa of Avila … it’s interesting to see how sanctity in the one begets it in the other
Thank you for the people you’ve mentioned. I really like St. Francis, St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila. The mystics are so interesting.
St Francis of Assisi technically wasn’t a confessor (not being a priest) but he WAS spiritual advisor to St Clare and many others.
St Padre Pio was a renowned confessor, as was St Jean Vianney.
More great names. Thank you. I’m going to take what you and Michael have given me, think about it and do some research on them. Do you know any good Catholic sources for their lives that I get hold of?
Thanks again and God bless.