| "Good St.
Nihil Obstat: William J. Blacet,
Imprimatur: +J. John P. Cody, S.T.D.
Bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph
December 4, 1957
Originally published by
Benedictine Convent of Perpetual Adoration, Clyde, Missouri in 1958.
edition published in 1963. Retypeset and re-published by TAN Books and
Publishers, Inc. in 1998. Updates and additions made to information on
shrines by the Publisher, 1998.
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How the Saints Honored Saint
It would be impossible to
the many Saints who practiced great devotion to St. Anne. St.
the illustrious Doctor who illumined the Church of God with his
wisdom, practiced an ardent devotion to St. Anne. Every year on the
feast, he preached on her virtues and dignity with an eloquence which
and inspired his numerous hearers.
St. John Damascene, another
of the Church, not only most ardently venerated Mary, but St. Anne as
He preached many sermons in her honor and composed books that treated
her glory and dignity. "St. Anne," he declares in his writing, "is a
mother, a compassionate mother, a gracious mother, because the word
means 'generous, merciful, gracious.' "
St. Thomas Aquinas, hailed as
one of the greatest of intellectuals, a prodigy of learning, a pillar
Holy Church, an angel of wisdom and one of the most eminent Doctors of
the Church, was a fervent client of good St. Anne. His example ought to
strengthen our confidence in this privileged Saint and urge us to
her most fervently. He frequently refers to St. Anne and sets forth
for honoring her dignity and power. He assures us that the privilege of
aiding man in every distress has been given to good St. Anne.
St. Teresa of Avila, the seraphic
virgin and reformer of religious discipline, entertained a tender love
of St. Anne. This highly gifted teacher of prayer delighted to speak of
St. Anne's dignity and power, and she inspired those under her care
a fervent affection for Our Lady's mother. In all convents of the
Order, she introduced special devotions to St. Anne. The same was done
by St. Bridget in her order.
Anne Catherine Emmerich, who
bore the sacred stigmata in her body, said, "In desperate cases of
I always invoke the holy mother Anne."