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Butler's Lives of the Saints: Concise Edition, Revised and Updated

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It was at Douay, he began his principal work The Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs and Other Principal Saints.

It is found in the lives of the saints, for it is through their lives on earth, lived within the union of Christ’s mystical body, the Catholic Church, that we see the only history that truly matters for all eternity. Butler's "Lives of the Saints" is without doubt the most highly rated collection of the stories of the Saints in the English language.Butler's distinctive contribution to stories about saints was to turn attention away from the superhuman, miraculous themes that are prevalent in earlier works.

There are approximately five hundred entries covering the feast days for each day of the year with an accompanying pictorial sketch of the saint being honored, and some pious reflection useful for daily meditation. A compilation and condensation of the full work of Butler and his lives of the saints of the Catholic Church. There is a more worldwide emphasis, resulting in more expanded coverage of saints from all continents. Being a scholarly work, but also a work deeply imbued with the piety and devotion of a priest’s lifetime effort, it is loaded with footnotes which comprise a significant proportion of the total text.

This new adaptation of Butler's multi-volume Lives of the Saints presents a modernized text for today's reader and provides an illuminating guide to these historic, symbolic, and foundational Christian men and women. Excellent for spiritual reading and encouragement and a good reference for homilies and spiritual presentations. For more than two centuries, Butler's Lives of the Saints has been hailed as the authority on the Christian patron saints.

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