Robert Ellsberg “All Saints – daily reflections on saints, prophets, and witnesses for our time” Crossroad Publishing Company, New York, 1997

 

 

Ecumenical Mysticism III

ALL SAINTS …

Towards the end of the 90s, the volume indicated in the header was published.

It is a list with short, essential biographies of 365 people, as many as the days of the year, which are indicated as models for the women and men of our time. Mind you: “of our time” means today, even if they lived centuries ago. 

The book includes many saints of the Catholic Church; others not recognized by the Church such as the theologian and martyr Dietrich Bonhoeffer or Albert Schweitzer or the Methodist John Weley; other non-Christians such as Gandhi, Polish rabbi and philosopher Abraham Joshua Eschel. This book also includes non-religious moralists such as Albert Camus, and personalities such as Martin Luther King, defined as apostle of freedom, or Anne Frank defined as a witness to the holocaust or artists such as Dante, Van Gogh, Dostoevsky and Johan Sebastian Bach. 

As Heschel wrote “Holiness is not the monopoly of any particular religion or tradition. Wherever a deed is done in accord with the will of God, wherever a human tought is directed toward Him, there is the holy”

The most important comment for us is that this list includes, as of December 25 (!), Jacopone da Todi. More than ever mystic and Christian of the future !!

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