Using the Saints

Yesterday a monk asked me, "What saints are you going to use in your book?"I know he was just making conversation, but I bristled at the idea of "using" the saints. Once I got over my linguistic snobbery I appreciated that he was showing an interest in the project, so I replied, "Well, a lot of the mystics I love and will be writing about are not necessarily 'saints' in the canonical sense. There's Julian of Norwich of course, and The Cloud of Unknowing, and Pseudo-DIonysius and Ruusbroec and … [Read more...]