The Holy Father On The Doctors Of The Church


One of the great gifts in our Catholic faith is the Communion of Saints, and within this great cloud of witnesses, 33 of them are set apart as Doctors of the Church. This title is bestowed on them by Holy Mother Church because of their holiness and also their important teachings and writings which can help lead us to holiness.
I have read and attempted to read several of the works of these great saints, as I am sure some of you have as well. They can be very difficult to read and assimilate into our everyday lives. (Still worth the effort though.)
The Holy Father, Benedict XVI has been giving a series of talks on the Doctors of the Church during his Wednesday audience in Rome. In them he highlights certain aspects of the particular saint and Doctor's life and teaching while helping us to see how we can learn from them. His latest talk was on St John of the Cross. The Pope explains while this man rose to the heights of holiness, it was no easy trip! He endured ridicule from his own order, imprisonment, and illness which eventually claimed his life.
Listed below are links to the three other Doctors of the Church the Holy Father has covered so far.
On a personal note I can tell you that I have learned much from these great saints and continue to do so. I have been reading Ralph Martins book, The Fulfillment of All Desire. Dr. Martin uses the works of seven of the 33 Doctors of the Church throughout the book. I can't say enough about this book and how helpful it has been as I continue to strive to grow in my own spiritual life. The wisdom of the Doctors has been instrumental in this.
Pope Benedict also wants us to learn from them. Let us not miss out on this great gift of God and His Church.

St Catherine of Siena
St Teresa of Avila
St Peter Canisius

Comments

Mary333 said…
Thanks for the link to the Doctors of the Church, Karin. These great saints are a huge blessing to our Church.
I hope to pick up Ralph Martin's book soon. Your posts about this book have made me curious about it :)
Karinann said…
You are welcome Mary. I don't often say a book has a profound effect on my life, this one has. He really lets the saints, Scripture and the Catechism do the talking and guiding.
OK ... I'll say it yet again. I can't squeeze this computer mouse any longer without breaking it. (This is the equivalent to biting one's lip to stop one from saying something!).

(Deep breath, Victor).

OK ... Karinann, you are talented.

You have a way of writing which makes people want to read. And that's the point of writing.

Some people, like me, are lazy and cannot search around for books and Pope's talks about Saints and all that. They'd much rather prefer a condensed pre-digested quick reference to Saints that they haven't heard of.

And that's where you come in. Your profound knowledge, your expertise, and your style of writing are perfect for this.

You don't even have to search for a publisher, (Christian books don't sell very well - in the UK at least). You can make the book available free or at a small cost as an E-Book. Downloadable, like the ones on my Blog.

Pray about it. There are a number of Christian Bloggers who have published books and will no doubt be willing to help and advise. Me included.

God bless.
Karinann said…
OK, OK Victor! I think this maybe one of those times God is hitting me with a 2x4 only this time He is using you to do it :)
Thank you for your kind, encouraging and honest words. Also for the advice on how to undertake this project. I promise to pray about it and also do some research on the whole e-book thing. Stay tuned...
Thanks so much Karinann for the links! I have been wanting to read Ralph Martin's book also, and this motivates me to start reading it.