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Butler's Lives of the Saints: Concise Edition, Revised and Updated

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For more than two centuries, Butler's Lives of the Saints has been hailed as the authority on the Christian patron saints. Now, in this new edition of the original classic, Michael Walsh has culled the ruch resources of earlier editions to accentuate the more modern and best-documented saints. Echoing the charm and style of the eighteenth-century edition, Walsh's volume ha ...more
Paperback, 496 pages
Published July 5th 1991 by HarperOne (first published 1750)
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Nadine Niedner
Sep 29, 2012 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nadine by: found in library/Portland/ME/public
this volume of 4 books are the most treasured in my library after the Holy Bible..i have been reading/studying/admiring these writings everyday since 1983...check out todays minor entry of Saint theodota...what a faithful/strong woman...a true friend to Jesus..major feast of the Archangels/St. Michael as the leader...let us remember to pray the St. Michael prayer everyday, written by Pope St. Leo XIII after the horrifying vision after Holy Mass (Mysterium)...particularly interesting is that time ...more
John Crawford
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great read

I haven't read this since my days in Catholic School, Mother Superior made it required reading. God Bless Her. It's kind of dry reading but, well worth it.
Frank Day
Very Catholic but good history.
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography-saints
Butler's "Lives of the Saints" is without doubt the most highly rated collection of the stories of the Saints in the English language. Written in the early 19th Century by Alban Butler, and English convert to Catholicism, this twelve volume collection was a collection of the stories of the lives of all the Saints that existed at that time. The collection is organized by date, so that the reader can read the lives of all of the saints whose feast days fall upon that particular day. This makes thi ...more
John Sheehan
May 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an amazing Journey in my reading of “Lives of the Saints” by Alban Butler; treasures I will hold in my heart for many years to come teaching me so much about the paved path before me.

I was taken by one story; the story of Alban; a man who came to know Christ by the praises of a fugitive; a story that made the words of 2 Samuel 22:50 come to life proving yet again the power of Gods word!

I love what Alban said after a flogging "I worship and adore the true and living God, who created all thin
J.T. Therrien
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Father Butler's Lives of the Saints is an amazing book of devotion, arranged to follow the Catholic Church's calendar of feast days, and so is relevant every day of the year. I enjoyed reading and learning about the daily saints, Doctors, and martyrs of the Church in concise, well-written, prose.

I highly recommend using Lives of the Saints as part of a daily regimen to deepen one's faith by way of being introduced to inspiring examples of faith.

The book, first published in the nineteenth century
Luke Langley
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Lives of the Saints is a collection of biographies of Saints. There are multi volume editions, though I read a single volume "concise" edition. Even with that It took me about 10 years to finish. At first I would only read the saint of that particular day, evently I wanted to get through it and worked my way steadily from one end to the other. It is always inspiring to read the lives of saints, to hear of ordinary men with extraordinary love for God that draws them into amazing acts of heroism. ...more
Holly Rawlins
Okay, this is not actually the copy I am reading. My friend Paula gave me her mother's copy of "Lives of Saints" which is big, thick and really gruesome. Here's my favorite quote:
"The record of the Passion of St. Perpetua, St. Feliciitas, and their Companions is one the the great treasures of martyr literature...."
The book is on the coffee table, and I read one or two histories at a sitting. I am noticing many virgin martyrs, which counts many of us out. The same does not seem to apply to men,
Library Kat
Nov 13, 2012 rated it liked it
Butler's Lives of the Patron Saints (Burgundy) [Hardcover]
Michael Walsh
Published 1985

St. Catherine of Alexandria the patron saint of philosophers philosophy or learning and students particularly women Students or Christian apologists, librarians and libraries and young women
According to American 310)
in the book it is unknown

Thomas aquinas, Dr. of the church (AD 1274) patron St. of scholars students academics, colleges and universities ap
Sep 09, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion
So, my one-year plan to read this book succeeded. I didn't end up reading exactly a-saint-a-day, but I read them all. Many of the stories were inspiring and most were interesting. Some were frustrating -- vigorously condemning heresy is not my favorite reason to elevate someone to sainthood -- and some were great (I'm a huge fan of little Benedict the bridge builder). Lots of common trends -- refusing to be a bishop (but later accepting) seems to be a sure step on the path to sainthood, as does ...more
"10 January (15 January) St. Paul ,The First Hermit, A.D. 342"- Image is Velasquez 1635 St. Paul with St. Anthony because I could not bother with the Bodleian Library's on-line search capability. I recommend this book to Paul.
Jan 09, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Atually read a much older, leather bound edition.
Dec 17, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: art, genre-fiction
Butler's Lives of the Saints is the more respected, "academic" history of the lives of saints. Good times here.
Carol B Davis

I found this book to be interesting but not being catholic I was amazed at the number of saints even in one month.
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Jul 08, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: misc-history
No doubt the most poorly written and abysmally edited tome I've EVER read...however it was an edifying read
Donna Zigmont
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this for the Confirmation class I'm taking at my church. It was really informative and I enjoyed it.
May 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful testimony of love (John 14:15). We are indeed surrounded by these recognized faith role-models (Hebrews 12:1): The saints in heaven.
Jul 24, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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short historical stories about the saints, and gives their patronage and the day they are remembered
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Alban Butler was an English Roman Catholic priest and hagiographer.

Butler's great work, The Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs and Other Principal Saints ("Butler's Lives"), the result of thirty years study, was first published in four volumes in London, 1756–1759. It is a popular and compendious reproduction of the Acta Sanctorum, exhibiting great industry and research, and is in all respects the best
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“Every year ought to find us more fervent in charity; every day ought our soul to augment in strength, and be decked with new flowers of virtue and good works.” 0 likes
“One morning while he was making ready a mess of beans for his community’s dinner, he happened to be thus ravished in spirit, and stood for a considerable time with his hand in the beans, having his mind absorbed in God, and tears streaming from his eyes, fell into the vessel of beans before him. The duke of Adria, or Atria, in whose estate Conversano was comprised, and who often retired from the court of king Ferdinand I. to pass some months in the country, coming to this convent, passed through the kitchen, and saw the holy brother in this wonderful rapture. He stood some time in great surprise, and said, “Blessed are the religious brethren whose meals are seasoned with such tears.” After” 0 likes
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