Lay Saints: Ascetics & Penitents
Joan Carroll Cruz
“These are the footprints that the saints on ascending to heaven left behind upon our earth, in order that we, following after, might attain to the same reward.”
—The Venerable Bede
In Lay Saints: Ascetics and Penitents, Joan Carroll Cruz guides you through the lives of fifty-eight lay men and women who achieved the heights of sanctity.
These inspiring biographies present saints who seemed destined for sainthood, as well as those who led sinful lives prior to a conversion of heart.
Find a role model from among these saints as Joan Carroll Cruz explores:
the acts of charity that you can imitate
ascetical practices that lead us closer to God
stories of conversion
effective acts of penance to atone for prior sins
the stories of pilgrims who spent their lives searching for closer union with God
Both those who have just begun their spiritual journey and those well advanced on the road to perfection will find a saint to help them take that next step closer to God.
Through their examples, these saints will inspire ever-greater acts of charity and remind sinners that there is yet hope for salvation.
58 Saints listed on page 2
Index of Saints
Joan Carroll Cruz was a native of New Orleans and was the educational product of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. She attended grade school, high school and college under their tutelage. Mrs. Cruz was a tertiary in the Discalced Carmelite Secular Order (Third Order) since 1968; for eight years she served as Mistress of Formation (Novice Mistress).
For her non-fiction books, Joan Carroll Cruz depended heavily on information received from foreign shrines, churches, convents and monasteries. Her books include The Incorruptibles, published in 1977; Desires of Thy Heart, a strongly Catholic-themed novel, also in 1977; Relics, published in 1983; Eucharistic Miracles in 1987; Secular Saints in 1989; Prayers and Heavenly Promises in 1990; Miraculous Images of Our Lady in 1993; Miraculous Images of Our Lord in 1995; Mysteries, Marvels, Miracles: In the Lives of the Saints in 1997; Angels & Devils in 1999; and Saints for the Sick in 2010.
Item No: 2573
Imprint: TAN Books
Publication Date: May 2016
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5
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