Lawrence S. Cunningham's A Brief History of Saints (Blackwell Brief Histories of PDF

By Lawrence S. Cunningham

ISBN-10: 0470777141

ISBN-13: 9780470777145

ISBN-10: 1405114010

ISBN-13: 9781405114011

ISBN-10: 1405114029

ISBN-13: 9781405114028

A short heritage of Saints follows the increase of the cult of saints in Christianity from its starting place within the age of the martyrs right down to the current day.Refers to either famous saints, reminiscent of Joan of Arc, and lesser-known figures just like the ‘holy fools’ within the Orthodox traditionRanges over matters as different because the background of canonization procedures, the Reformation critique of the cult of saints, and the function of saints in different non secular traditionsDiscusses the relevance of sainthood within the postmodern eraTwo appendices describe shopper saints and the iconography of saints in artwork.

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His Institutes (which had an enormous influence on monasticism) do not mention the miraculous. ” Evidently, Cassian wrote the Institutes to describe the formal lives of the monks and the Conferences to elucidate their interior lives of piety. What he decided to omit, however, was any extended discussion of the miraculous. Regularizing Sainthood It was inevitable that, as Europe emerged from the dark ages after the dissolution of the post-Carolingian period, along with the emergence of city life, the sporadic efforts to reform the church, the greater ease of travel, and the increase in economic life, attempts to regularize the cult of the saints would also gain the attention of church authority.

Today he is venerated as an apostle of the poor with many places taking contributions to pay for “Saint Antony’s bread” for the poor. Antony’s popularity as a saint was partially due to the preaching of another Franciscan saint, the wildly successful “revival” preacher, Saint Bernardino of Siena (died 1444) who held up Antony as a model. Saint Bonaventure, who died in the same year as Thomas Aquinas (1274), is often called the “second founder” of the Franciscan order. A learned theologian, he wrote the major life of Francis which became the canonical account of the saint’s life for centuries.

While carrying a child who was so heavy that Christopher almost sank, it was revealed that the child was Christ who carried human sins. Hence the name Christopher (from the Greek for “Christ bearer”) and the popular image of a husky man with a child on his shoulders. In the late Middle Ages his image was painted on the outside of churches with the popular belief that whoever looked on his image would not die that day. He was also the patron saint of travelers, which explains the ubiquitous medallions which once festooned the inside of automobiles.

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