Friday 12 April 2013

Eli N. Cruz's lives of Salesian saints

Speaking about youthful and contemporary models of holiness, the students brought to my attention a series of books by Fr Eli N. Cruz, the provincial of the Northern Filippine province (FIN):

All for Love (Salesian Saints Series 01, [Manila]: Fr Noel Osial, SDB, 2011) with the lives of Bl. Augustus Czartoryski, Bl. Alberto Marvelli, and Bl. Maria Romero Meneses
For Christ's Sake (Salesian Saints Series 02, [Manila]: Fr Noel Osial, SDB, 2012), with the lives of Bl. Bartolome Blanco, Bl. Zepherin Namuncura, Bl. Bronislaus Markiewicz, and Bl. Laura Vicuna.
In Heaven's Name (Salesian Saints Series 03, [Manila]: Fr Noel Osial, SDB, 2012), with the lives of Bl. Francis Kesy and companions, and Bl. Alexandrina Maria da Costa.

We can probably expect more from Eli's pen, and I look forward to this. Hopefully he will also write about those who are not yet beatified or canonized: Salvo D’Acquisto, Giacomo Maffei, Sean Devereux, Sigmund Ocasion, Fernando Calò, Ninni Di Leo, Xavier Ribas, Paola Adamo, Flores Roderick, Domenico Zamberletti, Bartolomé Blanco, Petras Pérkumas, Willi De Koster, Cruz Atempa, Renato Scalandri. They are contemporary, and so they have the directness that the Lives written by DB had in their time. God is alive and active, and people like Eli are being Don Bosco today.…



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