Too Many Books - Not Enough Time
What are you all reading?
I have quite the stack of books and journals awaiting my attention.
Late last night, I abandoned my survey of puppy training books (Therein lies another tale/tail!) and picked up Thomas J. Craughwell's thin book Saints Behaving Badly: The Cutthrouats, Crooks, Trollops, Con Men, and Devil Worshippers Who Became Saints.
I had never heard of several of the saints. Like St. Fabiola, Bigamist. Her statue is among that of the 140 saints who line St. Peter's Square in Rome. Craughwell, who writes a monthly column on the saints for Catholic diocesan newspapers, took care to correct misinformation. For example, St. Christopher, ever popular, was not "de-sainted" in 1969 by Pope Paul VI. And if you've never read St. Augustine's Confessions. which is western civilization's first autobiography, Craughwell's six page summary may entice you to pick it up. Both St. Augustine's Confessions and Craughwell's Saints Behaving Badly are available at the Emmaus Public Library-- or will be as soon as I return my copy!
Craughwell wants us to see that we don't need whitewashed, pure saints. We need "real" saints. He writes in his introduction:
"Saints need not be infallilbly perfect all the time.... Their mesage is reassuring: if these people can be saved, then so can you! But just as the old storytellers did not whitewash the misdeeds of the saints, neither did they minimize the effort involved in conversion. A conversion experience is not magic; it is only the first step in a lifetime of striving to avoid the old sins, grow in virtue, and conform one's unruly, rebellious will to the will of God."
Inspirited by the stories of these 30 saints, I am re-thinking my more idealic picture of St. Margaret, Queen of Scotland. (See the Rector's page at www.stmargaretsemmaus.org.) Post your thoughts here.