In Sharing God's Good Company David Matzko McCarthy explores the role and significance of the saints in Christians' lives today. While examining the lives of specific saints like Martin de Porres, Thérèse de Lisieux, and Mother Teresa, McCarthy especially focuses on such topics as the veneration of martyrs, realism and hagiography, science and miracles, images and pilgrimage, and why the saints continue to captivate Christians and inspire devotion.
Although books about saints abound, Sharing God's Good Company takes a uniquely philosophical and theological approach to the topic. Interested general readers and Catholic scholars alike will find McCarthy's book refreshing and informative.
David Matzko McCarthy is professor of theology and associate provost at Mount St. Mary's University, Emmitsburg, Maryland. His other books include Gathered for the Journey: Moral Theology in Catholic Perspective (with M. Therese Lysaught) and Sharing God's Good Company: A Theology of the Communion of Saints.
M. Therese Lysaught -- Marquette University "Removing the contemporary mask that makes us forget that the saints remain alive, here and now, McCarthy excises them from frameworks of misinterpretation (both pious and postmodern) and puts them into context -- both ours and their own. Here we meet the saints in all their messy, material, brilliant, theologically powerful complexity."
Lawrence S. Cunningham -- University of Notre Dame "This carefully researched and clearly written book ably shows the saints to be timeless and timely. . . . A valuable resource for theological reflection."
Liguorian “McCarthy examines the lives of specific saints to show how they are both timeless and timely. He pulls them out of the pious frameworks that have sometimes imprisoned them and puts them into their own contexts, where we can meet them in all their unruly, essential, luminous, and theologically formidable complexity. . . . Catholic scholars and interested general readers will find this book instructive and stimulating.”
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