Often the saints you read and hear about are elevated to such a high state of holiness that achieving sainthood appears to be an unattainable goal. The saints were human beings who suffered with the same things you do: addictions, illnesses, divorces, disabilities, loneliness, and other mortal conditions. In Ordinary Suffering of Extraordinary Saints author Vincent J. O'Malley sheds light on the human sufferings and responses to suffering of these saints. Read these short biographies of many saints and be inspired to live a holy life. Paperback.
They ran away from home, contemplated suicide, kept strings of lovers, got mugged, went to jail -- and they were all saints. This remarkably entertaining and meticulously researched book shows how the saints had all the problems we have -- and still overcame them.