Modern Heroes of the Church
By Leo Knowles. Only a few of these "Saints" of the twentieth century are canonized. Some are "Blessed" and some are declared "Venerable." The fact that they were born and lived in "my" century takes away any excuses I have often used, like "Well, I'm no saint!" Who knows, maybe they said the same thing, but then they went forth and lived like one. The "hero" I most enjoyed reading about was Pope John Paul I. He predicted his reign would be short. He chose as his papal model the single word, Humility, saying he wished to commit himself to that virtue during his reign. You'll also read about a "skirt-chaser," an alcoholic, and the priest who deliberately risked and gave his life at the World Trade Center. There are 18 such "hero-saints" described in this book. Leo Knowles is a great story-teller. Softcover, 182 pages.