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Catholic Saints

The Saints of the Catholic Church: On-Line Resources

 

Catholic Saints | Catholic Saints Online & MaryOne thing that distinguishes Catholicism from Evangelical Protestant culture is the emphasis that Catholics (and Eastern Orthodox Christians) place on devotion to the saints.  Sometimes it has appeared to Protestants that Catholics actually place more emphasis on the Catholic Saints than they do on the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

This sort of approach to the saints is not authentically Catholic.  In one of the most authoritative Church documents of the twentieth Century, the Second Vatican Council emphatically declares that in spite of the exceeding honor owed to the mother of Jesus, she, as well as all the Catholic Saints, are nonetheless creatures.  And "no creature could ever be classed with the Incarnate Word and Redeemer" (Lumen Gentium 62).  Catholics worship the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  They honor the Saints.

 

There are marvelous devotional practices whereby honor and veneration is paid by Catholics to our elder brothers and sisters, the Catholic saints.  But the greatest Saints of the Catholic Churchhonor we can given them is to study and ultimately imitate their inspiring example.  Many of the saints of the Catholic Church have left us writings that can mark out the way to holiness and urge us on as we travel that difficult road.

 

What we've assembled here is certainly not an exhaustive list of resources by or about the Catholic saints.  Rather, we've provided is a constantly growing collection of short readings about the saints or by the saints of the Catholic Church, readings that we believe will help you attain the ultimate goal that every Christian must make their own, namely to become a saint.

 

For brief biographies of the saints who are listed below as authors, visit the author page of the Crossroads Initiative Library and click on the name of the saint that you'd like to learn more about.

 

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Title Author Excerpt Download
12/6 St. Nicholas Day December 6 St . Augustine of Hippo Yes
Action and Contemplation-Augustine St . Augustine of Hippo Yes
AETERNA DEI SAPIENTIA-Pope John XXIII on St Leo the Great Pope John XXIII No
Agnes Virgin & Martyr-St. Ambrose St. Ambrose of Milan Yes Download
All Saints Day Means Holiness is for All Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Birth of John the Baptist - St Augustine St . Augustine of Hippo Yes
Bishop as Watchman-St Gregory the Great St. Gregory the Great No Download
Call of St. Anthony -- Athanasius St. Athanasius Yes Download
Call of St. Matthias--St John Chrysostom St. John Chrysostom Yes
Canonization of Juan Diego Pope John Paul II No Download
Canonization: How it Works and What it Means Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No
Catholic and Apostolic Faith-St Irenaeus St. Irenaeus of Lyons Yes
Conversion of the Angles-St Gregory the Great St. Gregory the Great Yes
Cyril and Methodius-Pope John Paul II Slavorum Apostoli Pope John Paul II No
Dig Deeply into Christ--St. John of the Cross St. John of the Cross Yes
Divine Motherhood of Mary - St. Cyril of Alexandria St. Cyril of Alexandria Yes Download
Doubting Thomas - St. Gregory the Great St. Gregory the Great Yes Download
Duty to Evangelize--St. Francis Xavier St. Francis Xavier Yes Download
Duty to Pray and to Love - John Vianney St. John Vianney Yes Download
Eternal Trinity Deep Mystery-Catherine of Siena St. Catherine of Siena Yes
Exhortation to Martyrdom--Origen Origen Yes
Fausto Appetente Die-Benedict XV on St. Dominic Pope Benedict XV No
Feast of St Stephen, Protomartyr-Fulgentius of Ruspe St. Fulgentius of Ruspe Yes
Feast of St. Polycarp Anonymous Yes
First Martyrs of Rome-St Clement St. Clement of Rome Yes
Friendship with Jesus-Teresa of Avila St. Teresa of Avila Yes Download
His Indescribable Delights -- St. Clare of Assisi St. Clare of Assisi (St. Claire) Yes Download
History of Our Lady of Guadalupe Various No Download
Homily on Saints Peter and Paul-Pope Benedict XVI Pope Benedict XVI No Download
Humility and Charity--St. Francis of Assisi St. Francis of Assisi Yes Download
Ignatius of Antioch - Marcellino D'Ambrosio Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No
Importance of the Saints-Bernard of Clairvaux St. Bernard of Clairvaux Yes Download
In Hac Tanta-Benedict XV on St. Boniface Pope Benedict XV No
In Praise of St. Paul--John Chrysostom St. John Chrysostom Yes
Invincible Faith of the Martyrs -- St. Cyprian St. Cyprian Yes
Japanese Martyrs Paul Miki & Companions Anonymous Yes
John is the Voice, Jesus is the Word--St. Augustine St . Augustine of Hippo Yes
John the Baptist - Patron of Joyful Humility Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Joseph, Foster Father of Jesus -- St. Bernardino of Siena San Bernardino of Siena Yes Download
Juan y Santiago Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Late Have I Loved You-Augustine St . Augustine of Hippo Yes Download
Letter of St Thomas More to His Daughter Margaret Various Yes
Letter of St. Polycarp to the Philippians Various No
Letter to Pope Cornelius-St Cyprian St. Cyprian Yes
Life of St. Benedict-St Gregory the Great St. Gregory the Great No
Life of St. Henry Anonymous Yes
Love of Christ Drives Us-St Anthony Claret Various Yes Download
Martyrdom of Pope Fabian-Cyprian St. Cyprian Yes
Martyrdom of Pope Sixtus -- Cyprian St. Cyprian Yes
Martyrdom of St. Cyprian Various Yes
Martyrdom of St. Justin-eyewitness account Anonymous Yes Download
Martyrdom of St. Polycarp of Smyrna Anonymous No
Martyrs of Uganda-Paul VI Pope Paul VI Yes
Matthew the Tax Collector--Venerable Bede St. Bede the Venerable Yes Download
Monica, Model of Catholic Christian Motherhood--St. Augustine St . Augustine of Hippo Yes
My Call is Love--St. Therese of Lisieux St. Therese of Lisieux Yes Download
My First Communion-St. Therese St. Therese of Lisieux Yes
North American Martyrs Isaac Jogues & John de Brebeuf Various Yes Download
Padre Pio Highlights of His Life Various No Download
Perfection of Love - St. Augustine St . Augustine of Hippo Yes Download
Peter and Paul -- St. Augustine St . Augustine of Hippo Yes
Peter and Paul--St. Leo St. Leo the Great Yes
Prayer of St Thomas More Various No
Prime Ministers Zebedee Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Sacra Propediem-Pope Benedict XV on Third Order of St. Francis Pope Benedict XV No
Saint Aloysius Gonzaga Letter to his Mother Various Yes
Saint Boniface Bishop and Martyr Various Yes
Saint Damien of Molokai Various No Download
Saint Dominic-Man of the Gospel Various Yes
Saint Lucy and the Radiance of Virginity- St. Ambrose St. Ambrose of Milan Yes
Saint Peter Claver's Ministry to Slaves Various No
Saint Scholastica St. Gregory the Great Yes
Saint's Advice to His Son -- St. Stephen of Hungary St. Stephen of Hungary Yes
Saints Cyril and Methodius Anonymous Yes
Saints Peter and Paul Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
Shepherds who feed themselves-Augustine St . Augustine of Hippo Yes
Sons of Zebedee-St John Chrysostom St. John Chrysostom Yes
Sr. Faustina Kowalska and Divine Mercy- Pope John Paul II Pope John Paul II No Download
St Ambrose of Milan-Benedict XVI Pope Benedict XVI No Download
St Benedict of Nursia, Co-Patron of Europe-Pope Paul VI Pope Paul VI Yes
St John the Baptist, the Forerunner-St Bede St. Bede the Venerable Yes Download
St John Vianneys Pastoral Plan Various No
St Martin de Porres-Pope John XIII Pope John XXIII Yes Download
St Teresa of Avila Quotes St. Teresa of Avila Yes Download
St. Thomas More Patron of Statesmen-Pope John Paul II Pope John Paul II No Download
St. Agatha - St. Methodius of Sicily Various Yes
St. Andrew--St. John Chrysostom St. John Chrysostom Yes Download
St. Elizabeth of Hungary Conrad of Marburg Yes Download
St. Francis, Animals and the Environment Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
St. George, Martyr Saint Peter Damian No Download
St. Ignatius and the Discernment of Spirits St. Ignatius of Loyola Yes
St. Joachim and St. Ann -- St. John Damascene St. John Damascene Yes Download
St. Josaphat, apostle of Unity--Pius XI Pope Pius XI Yes
St. Joseph Guardian of the Redeemer-John Paul II Redemptoris Custos Pope John Paul II No Download
St. Joseph's Claim to Fame Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No Download
St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr -- St. Augustine St . Augustine of Hippo Yes
St. Maria Goretti-Pope Pius XII Pope Pius XII Yes
St. Martin of Tours Sulpicius Severus Yes Download
St. Paul's Crown of Glory-John Chrysostom St. John Chrysostom Yes
St. Therese's Little Way-von Balthasar Hans Urs von Balthasar No Download
St. Thomas Aquinas, Holy Theologian -- Cardinal Christoph Schönborn Cardinal Christoph Schonborn No
St. Vincent, Deacon-Augustine St . Augustine of Hippo Yes Download
Sts Basil and Gregory, Two Bodies One Spirit - St. Gregory of Nazianzen St. Gregory of Nazianzen Yes Download
The Apostles - Who Were the Twelve? Dr. Marcellino D'Ambrosio No
The Apostles: Timid Men who won the World -- John Chrysostom St. John Chrysostom Yes
The Martyrs' Cup-Augustine St . Augustine of Hippo Yes
Third Secret of Fatima-Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger Cardinal Ratzinger - Pope Benedict XVI Yes
To Serve the Poor is to Serve Jesus--St. Vincent de Paul St. Vincent de Paul Yes
True Revolution-Pope Benedict XVI World Youth Day 2005 Pope Benedict XVI No
Truth about Halloween Various No Download
Value of Labor-Vatican II Second Vatican Council (Vatican II) Yes
Venerate, do not Worship, the Martyrs -- St. Augustine St . Augustine of Hippo Yes
We Celebrate the Martyrs with Love and Fellowship - St. Augustine St . Augustine of Hippo Yes
Winning the Crown - Thomas Becket Various No Download
Youth Ministry-John Bosco St John Bosco Yes
Zeal for God's Glory -- Maximilian Kolbe St. Maximilian Kolbe Yes Download

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