Saints and Sinners
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By Charles Péguy
Saints and Sinners is a multifarious meditation on the relationship between God and man. In Péguy’s poetic presentation, God the Father speaks: “All are not saints, such is my Christendom. / There are sinners too, there have to be some, it is thus.” Yet the ordinary orientation of God towards all people, saints and sinners alike, is one of love. This volume speaks powerfully to that enduring reality, with evocative prose reflections on the movement of man at work, play, and study, a series of striking individual portraits, and poetry selections from Péguy’s Mysteries.
“The disregard of sinners for saints and despite this the salvation of sinners by saints, this is the whole of Christian history.” –Charles Péguy
Charles Péguy (1873–1914) was an acclaimed French poet, essayist, publisher, and editor of the magazine Les Cahiers de la Quinzaine. A staunch patriot and socialist, he converted to Roman Catholicism and his writings are imbued with the Catholic imaginative spirit. He died in the service of his beloved France on the eve of the Battle of the Marne.