Sunday, 31 May 2015

Angels and Saints, by Scott Hahn




Scott Hahn, Angels and Saints: A Biblical Guide to Friendship with God's Holy Ones, 2014 IMAGE

Another warm and encouraging book from Scott Hahn. In the introduction, Hahn argues very clearly that the Church is not simply a society on Earth, but its heavenly members are equally part of the Church. This is an insight that I think our Protestant brethren tend to miss, or at least they fail to grasp its implications.

Scott Hahn does not provide a theological angelogy, but instead offers a set of reflections on some of his favorite saints. These include Saint Jerome, Saint Monica, Saint Therese of Lisieux. He concludes with a chapter on the Blessed Virgin, the queen of all saints. I like the fact that he focuses on Saint Thomas Aquinas' work as s Biblical scholar and theologian rather than a philosopher. Aqunas had much to say about philosophy, but his biblical works were equally important to the Church. Sadly, most of these are unavailable in translation.

This is an edifying book, though I would have spent a bit more time talking about praying to saints.

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