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You don't need to be "canonized" to be a "saint"

October 28, 2016
“Nobody writes better about the lives of the saints than Robert Ellsberg," according to spiritual writer Ron Rolheiser.  He's not alone.  Robert Ellsberg, the publisher and editor-in-chief of Orbis Books, has compiled an eclectic cloud of witnesses in his new book "Blessed Among Us: Day to Day with Saintly Witnesses," published by Liturgical Press.
What's most impressive about this compilation is its diversity and scope: figures from the Old Testament to contemporary times, Catholics and non-Catholics, public figures and discrete souls, assembled for daily use for one full calendar year.  The book not only introduces the reader to new figures, but, more importantly, challenges the reader to think beyond the narrow confines of the communion of saints.  "It is holiness, and not canonization, that is the goal of the Christian life," writes Ellsberg. And there is much holiness in the world, as the individuals in Blessed Among Us remind us daily.
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"Blessed Among Us: Day by Day with Saintly Witnesses"
by Robert Ellsberg
Sunday, October 30 at 8:30pmET
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