Angels and Saints
Who They Are and Why They Matter
by Elizabeth Klein;
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Pub Date 03 Nov 2023 | Archive Date 24 Jan 2024
We often pray with the saints in our Catholic practice or see paintings of angels by famous artists, but who are they really? What do they do? Can they really intercede for us?
Elizabeth Klein, assistant professor of theology at the Augustine Institute, leads us through a soul-inspiring exploration of Catholic teaching on angels and saints and why they matter to us as individuals and to the Church.
Throughout the book, Klein answers common questions about the angels and saints in order to give us a deeper understanding and appreciation of the role they play in our lives, the Mass, and in the life of the Church. She also equips us to better discuss with non-Catholics what we believe about angels and saints.
In Angels and Saints, Klein explains that these heavenly companions are gifts from God. They are our friends and are joined to us in the mystical Body of Christ. They invite us to love God and each other perfectly as they do.
In this book, you also will learn that
- Angels appear throughout the Bible in many forms.
- The Catechism of the Catholic Church says that angels are perfect, immortal, have souls, and are as individual as humans.
- Both the Old and New Testaments provide strong evidence that each one of us has a guardian angel.
- The Communion of Saints refers to the Church, the Body of Christ of which we are a part. This means we have true contact and unity with all members of the Church, both living and dead.
- No matter your state in life, you can find a canonized saint very like you.
- When we pray to saints, we are really asking them to pray to God on our behalf.
- Relics are the remains of saints, including their body or parts of it, clothing or items they have used, or something put into contact with the saint’s body or one of its parts. Relics are mentioned in both the Old and New Testaments.
- A saint’s feast day is the day of their death—the day they entered eternal life.
Books in the Engaging Catholicism series from the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame help readers discover the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith through a concise exploration of the Church’s most important but often difficult-to-grasp doctrines as well as crucial pastoral and spiritual practices.
A Note From the Publisher
She is the director of the Augustine Institute’s Short Course Program. Klein earned a doctor of philosophy degree in historical theology at the University of Notre Dame, where she also served as a post-doctoral scholar, course instructor, and graduate assistant. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from McMaster University.
Klein is a regular contributor to Magnificat. She has been a guest on a number of radio shows and podcasts, including Church Life Journal Radio, Classical Theism, and The Catholic Gentleman. She has spoken at the Denver Catholic Women’s Conference, Fullness of Truth, and the Augustine Institute Bible Conference.
"This beautiful book shows exactly who the angels and saints are and why they should play a key role in the spiritual life of every Christian."
From the foreword by Brant Pitre
Distinguished Research Professor of Scripture at the Augustine Institute
“Elizabeth Klein's smart, concise, and engaging treatment of the angels and saints in Catholic tradition unveils who these wonderful, holy helpers are and how they stand ready to help us.”
Cofounder of the Saints Alive podcast
“Klein has created a brilliant reflection that reminds each of us how and why we are all members of the Communion of Saints.”
Jane M. Spanich
Theology department, St. Thomas Aquinas High School
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
“We are never alone, never without help. Our society is as large as heaven and Earth combined, and we’re created to be on friendly terms with its heavenly inhabitants. This is reality as God has revealed it to us, and Elizabeth Klein has made unforgettably immediate in her book. It will change the way you pray and the way you go about your days.”
Author of Angels of God