Facing the Apostle
Facing the Apostle

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Santos, FSP, Armanda 

Pauline Books & Media 



About this Book:

Discover Saint Paul, the bold and passionate preacher of the Gospel, through his many different portrayals in art. In this handsome and well-planned volume, Sister Armanda invites the reader to rediscover and meditate upon the iconography of St. Paul. Facing the Apostle features thirteen images of Saint Paul, ranging from celebrated masterpieces to the works of little-known contemporary artists

"Starting with a quotation from Sacred Scripture, she weaves biography, formal analysis, aesthetics, theology, history, and legend together in her chapters. Then each study is completed with a prayer that raises this wealth of information up to the spiritual plane. This is essential. For what good is Christian art if it does not draw us closer to God?"
From the foreword by Michael Morris, OP, Professor of Religion and the Arts, Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, Berkeley, California

Features & Benefits:

  • Exquisite art images accompany each meditation
  • A wonderful resource for the Year of St. Paul
  • Each meditation is followed by a closing prayer

About the Author:

Sr. Armanda Santos is a long-time admirer of Saint Paul, having entered the congregation of the Daughters of St. Paul at a young age. She holds a masters degree in Theology with a concentration on Religion and the Arts, from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, in Berkeley, California.

What Are People Saying about this Title?

"This attractive book by Sister Armanda Santos, FSP, is truly inspirational. It is a lovely combination of artistic reflection, prayerful meditation, and spiritual insight bound to promote better acquaintance with St. Paul. Highly recommended for devotion during the Year of Paul or anytime one wants to ruminate on the impact of this powerful premier apostle."
Ronald D. Witherup, S.S., Superior General of the Society of St. Sulpice, Professor of Sacred Scripture, and author of Saint Paul: Called to Conversion.

"This precious volume isn't a manual of history, and it isn't a book on the history of art. It offers help to the reader who wants to look at art from a spiritual perspective. In fact it will bring the reader to recognize the Christian content of these works of art with particular reference to St. Paul's life and theology. This book shows, in a fascinating way the real and everlasting connection between art and spirituality."
Rodolfo Papa, Professor of the History of Aesthetic Theory, Pontifical Urbaniana University, Rome

Product Details:

Binding: Paperback
Category: Saints/Biography
Trim size: 6" x 9"
Pages: 144


Luigi says...
I am enjoying this book, as part of my Lenten spiritual reading. I have been reading some of it out loud to my mother, who is also enjoying it. Thank you for this gift! Sr. Armandas book is wonderful, in its size, selection of images and reflection and ending in prayer. St. Pauls writings are not easy to follow at times and so having these images and explanations, makes for better understanding. Thank You and have a blessed Lent and Easter season!
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