Italian Carmelite Antonio-Maria Sicari’s vibrant biographies
of saints—from Augustine to Catherine of Siena to Faustina
Kowalska—have been read across Europe for decades. In
How Saints Die, his first collection to be translated into
English, Sicari turns to the most difficult element of saints’
lives: the hour of death.
What he uncovers in this darkest moment, however, is not
desolation, but inexplicable joy. “I have recounted the death
of many saints,” he writes, “but all of them have confirmed
for me the truth of this ancient Christian intuition: in the
death of a saint, it is death that dies!”
With in-depth research and an incisive sense of storytelling, Sicari brings before our eyes the gracious last hours of
one hundred men and women, lovers and martyrs, thinkers
and laborers, ancients and moderns, old men and teenagers, including Kateri Tekakwitha, Maximilian Kolbe, Mother
Teresa, Thomas Aquinas, Josephine Bakhita, Jérôme Lejeune,
Clare of Assisi, and many more. In each, a new color of the
divine light shines through.
Those seeking insight into the mystery of death and suffering
will find in this book not only wisdom, but rich and realistic
consolation. Divided into brief, readable chapters organized
by theme, the collection offers at every bend another finegrained snapshot of a Christian fully alive—names both
familiar and unfamiliar, but all of them companions for the
road. Excellent for regular spiritual reading, or as a book of
daily meditations, one saint per day.