One of the biggest mistakes we often make is thinking that we are on this journey to holiness on our own when, in fact, God has given us many companions both in this world and the next.
In his new book, Angels and Saints: A Biblical Guide to Friendship with God's Holy Ones, the prolific Catholic author Scott Hahn writes:
"We are participants together. Thus, none of us lives merely alone with God. Together, as the Church, we bear God, bear Christ, bear the temple and bear all holy things. Christ did not come to create a loose association of individuals, each of them living as 'just me and Jesus.'
In communion with Christ, you and I are members of his body, his Church, together with our fellow Christians. In communion we are saints."
When we think about "the Church," we may think about our local parish, the Archdiocese, and sometimes even the worldwide Church of believers. Do we remember the heavenly Church, the Church Triumphant? It is not a separate Church, not set apart from us. Her members walk with us every day and even intercede on our behalf in order to fulfill God's plan of uniting all the faithful in our heavenly home.
Angels and Saints is a book that celebrates this large family of God's creation. It is a reminder that we have champions of faith--people who once struggled with the same faults, weaknesses, and hardships that we face today--who can show us the way, inspire us with their stories, and bear us up with their prayers.
From now until September 30, Angels and Saints: A Biblical Guide to Friendship with God's Holy Ones is available for purchase and/or special order at St. Patrick's Book & Gift for 20% off the regular retail price.