When Meg Hunter-Kilmer’s “Pray for Us: 75 Saints Who Sinned, Suffered, and Struggled on Their Way to Holiness” arrived in the mail, I couldn’t wait to start it. Literally. I put away the book I was already halfway through, and proceeded to devour her book. I have always loved reading the stories of the saints, but this book is like nothing I have ever read before. If you want to hear the stories about 75 (mostly) obscure saints, this is the book for you.
Scanning the table of contents, I had heard of a total of only four saints included in the book. These are not your typical saints whose names everyone recognizes, like St. Francis of Assisi and St. Therese of Lisieux. Instead, Meg introduces us to a chain-smoking socialist, a teenage video gamer, an opium addict, a satanic high priest, a disabled beggar, and a self-absorbed mean girl, all of whom have been raised to the altars as saints. “Pray for Us” proves that there is literally a saint for all of us, and that all types of people can become saints.
I absolutely loved having the chance to learn about holy men and women who came from all over the world. They came from all walks of life, spanning centuries and millennia. Some were married, others were professed religious or priests, and still others were single. Some died as martyrs, others from illness, and still others from old age. Some were renowned in their countries, while others died in relative obscurity. This book is absolute proof that everyone is called to sanctity.
We are all called to be saints. Our paths might all be very different, but as long as we stay faithful and follow where God calls us, we will all end up in the same place- heaven. If you still need some convincing that there is a saint in heaven for all of us, Meg Hunter-Kilmer’s “Pray for Us” is the book you need to read.