In his recently published book, Angels and Saints: A Biblical Guide to Friendship with God’s Holy Ones, best-selling author Dr. Scott Hahn gives an overview of how the heavenly hosts and the faithful who have gone before us can inspire, influence, and guide our lives and the Church now. He shows the Biblical support and proof of the importance of angels and saints in time and eternity.
In part one, he establishes the context through which people have seen and interacted with angels and saints throughout the years. He offers a number of Scriptural examples of these types of encounters and their significance in the lives of devout Catholics. He also explains the Church’s in-depth process for canonizing saints.
In part two, Dr. Hahn, founder and president of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology, does an overview of the biographies and wisdom offered by twelve popular saints. Sometimes the separation between those on earth and those in heaven makes it seem impossible for the two to interact at will, on a regular basis, and in the midst of daily tasks and undertakings. What a relief to know that we have the encouragement, wisdom, and strength of the holy ones in heaven even while we’re here on earth!
This would be a good book to give someone who is interested in learning about the Biblical support for the Church’s teachings that angels and saints are an essential part of the Body of Christ. It’s easy-to-read, well-researched, and cited. Hahn has hit the highlights when it comes to the saints included, using just a smattering of those near and dear to him who were also scholars and teachers. We’re heartened by the Communion of Saints and encouraged to ask for their help and intercession.