Lay Saints: Ascetics & Penitents

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  • Lay Saints: Ascetics & Penitents
  • Learn about holy men and women who share your struggles
  • Examples of holiness lived in the midst of the world
  • Beautiful, encouraging, and uplifting

In Lay Saints: Ascetics and Penitents, Joan Carroll Cruz guides you through the lives of fifty-eight lay men and women who achieved the heights of sanctity.

These inspiring biographies present saints who seemed destined for sainthood, as well as those who led sinful lives prior to a conversion of heart.

Find a role model from among these saints as Joan Carroll Cruz explores:

  • the acts of charity that you can imitate
  • ascetical practices that lead us closer to God
  • stories of conversion
  • effective acts of penance to atone for prior sins
  • the stories of pilgrims who spent their lives searching for closer union with God

Both those who have just begun their spiritual journey and those well advanced on the road to perfection will find a saint to help them take that next step closer to God.

Through their examples, these saints will inspire ever-greater acts of charity and remind sinners that there is yet hope for salvation.


  • 58 Saints listed on page 2
  • Index of Saints
  • Bibliography
  •  5.5 x 8.5 inches
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  • 4 Jan 8th 2018
    Inspiring and Informative

    The "Lay Saints" series is succinct and engaging, covering a wide range of times and places. There is a remarkable amount of beauty, rich history, and striking examples of Christian perfection in each book.

    Note: the only reason I don't give them a full five stars is because of how many entries are duplicated word-for-word between the four books. Highly recommended, nevertheless.

    Michael Molnar