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A Heart That Knew No Bounds: The Life and Mission of Saint Marcellin Champagnat [Paperback]

By Sean D. Sammon (Author)
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Pages   112
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.24" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.3"
Weight:   0.42 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 10, 2000
Publisher   Alba House
ISBN  0818908343  
EAN  9780818908347  

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At the canonization of Fr. Marcellin Benoit Champagnat on April 18, 1999, Pope John Paul II said of him that "in the midst of a world sometimes lacking the sense of God and despite countless difficulties, he remained faithful to Christ because of his unshakable faith. He was sensitive to the spiritual and educaitonal needs of his time, especially to religious ignorance and the situations of neglect experienced in a particular way by the young." The Pope could have been speaking of our own times and the spiritual and educational needs of the youth if today. That is why the life and mission of St. Marcellin Champagnat are so relevant at the beginning of the third millennium. "His pastoral sense is an example for all priests," the Pope went on to say. "Called to proclaim the Good News, they must also be true teachers for young people who seek to give meaning to their lives, by accompanying each of them on their way and explaining the Scriptures to them. Fr. Champagnat is also a model for parents and teachers, helping them to look with hope at young people, to love them with a total love which fosters their true human, moral and spiritual formation. Marcellin Champagnat also invites us all to be missionaries, to make Jesus Christ known and loved...with Mary as our guide and Mother." This is the inspiring story of the life of this pioneer member and priest of the Society of Mary and founder of its Little Brothers (recognized worldwide today as the Institute of the Marist Brothers) and of the persons and events that shaped it. It has much to offer to us all.

1. In The Beginning 2. The Seminary Years 3. Curate And Young Founder 4. The Institute Finds Its Footing 5. Continuing Adversity 6. Growth Continues 7. A Man And A Saint For All Seasons, And For All Times 112 Pages

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Sean D. Sammon was born in 1947.

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The Book Reader, Fall/Winter 2000  Nov 5, 2000
"Canonized in 1999, Champagnat was an early member and priest of the Society of Mary and founder of its Little Brothers (the Institute of the Marist Brothers). Author Sammon is the Vicar General of the Marist Brothers and he presents in an easy-to-read manner the difficult times and life of St. Marcellin Champagnat. Born during the Revolution in France, he lived only fifty-one years. In the seminary, he was part of a group "made up of seminarians who were a familiar sight in the taverns of the town." Sammon writes for the modern temperment that needs to know the warts along with the shining myth. The heresy of Jansenism, a moral theology for the elect, influenced Marcellin's study for awhile. He began teaching and "by February 1822 the Institute was made up of ten brothers." There is the miracle in the snow, a serious illness from which he recovers, persistent financial problems for the schools, and an environment of increasing bitter anti-religious sentiment during the revolution in France. Simplicity and humility were Champagnat's outstanding virtues. This is the tale of a man growing past his problems to sainthood. Sammon writes with that same simplicity and humility, and with a fine erudition that moves comfortably from prayer to revolution, from submissiveness to the cry for social justice. Illuminating."
A Down to Earth Saint  Nov 2, 2000
Sean Sammon's short biography of St. Marcellin Champagnat is definitely worth reading for anyone who is interested in the life of the Catholic Church and the people they call "Saints".

Sammon is able to describe, in a very uncomplicated way, the historical, sociological and theological background of this man who was born the same year as the French Revolution. Marcellin Champagnat started his life with little education, and through hard work, eventually studied and became a priest and founder of an international Congregation of Roman Catholic teaching Brothers, the Marist Brothers of the Schools.

The book details the life of this very down to earth man. Champagnat was a priest who sometimes defied the stereotypes of priesthood of his day, even to the point of actually building the houses his Brothers would live in. He had an undying love for young people and strove to do all that he could for them, and to lead them to know and love God. The book describes the difficulties St. Marcellin had along the way, and how he overcame them all with determination, prayer, and hard work.

Sammon's treatment of him goes beyond what many biographies present. He not only describes his life and mission, but delves into the psychological motivations that moved him. What emerges is a clear and informative life of a saint who is a very real person, not just a plaster image of what a saint should be! I highly recommend this book.


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