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John Kane Review of Kathy Coffey’s new book: When the Saints Came Marching In

Editor’s note: Kathy Coffey’s latest book, When the Saints Came Marching In: Exploring the Frontiers of Grace in America was recently published.  Below is a review of the book by John F. Kane, Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies at Regis University.

When the Saints Come Marching In

“Kathy Coffey has given us a book of American Saints for the era of Pope Francis. Where her title metaphor focuses on the American penchant for exploring frontiers, the book’s saints—some canonized, others simply recognized—made me also think of Francis’ metaphor of going out to the streets of our world.  The saints Coffey covers, in brief readable chapters, are all ‘gutsy realits’—a memorable phrase used to describe Sr. Dorothy Stang. And all wonderfully human, warts and all. I learned about saints I’d never known, and learned more about others I thougth I knew. In the end the book made me think of all the saints among us in this country—so much good news to counter all the bad news that fills our headlines and our heads.”

Visit the Liturgical Press Website to preview the book and to find out more info about how to order it.

Catholic Update, October 2014 by Kathy Coffey

Saintly Sinners: Flawed but Faithful, Models of Holiness

The saints inspire us on our own paths toward God. They show us that everyday holiness is within our grasp. But what do we know about those saints we call upon in prayer? If we think of them as remote and out of touch, we do them and ourselves a great disservice. Knowing even a little of their stories humanizes them and draws them closer. Author Kathy Coffey helps readers appreciate the saints as models of everyday holiness—people who persevered in faith in spite of their flaws and limitations. Catholic Update Newsletter – See more at: