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  • By David Arias
    Oct 23, 2013
    By Angel Martinez Cuesta ------ David Arias is a Spanish bishop who has devoted most of his life to pastoral work in the United States. But he has always sought to reserve some time in his busy schedule to study the origins of Catholicism in the United States, paying particular attention to the work of the Spanish missionaries, to whom American historians have paid little attention. In this book Bishop Arias introduces the figures of 120 missionaries who sealed with their blood their life and apostolic work on American soil. In a brief introduction, he explains clearly the objectives and limitations of his work. His goal is to make their lives available to the general public who are not research scholars. But that does not exclude serious work. A good indication is the extensive bibliography (pp. 131-44). In addition, he has assured not to include anyone whose martyrdom is in doubt. The main causes of their martyrdom were prompted by the reaction of sorcerers, tribal clashes and,... More > above all, the opposition of the Christian teachings on polygamy, idolatry and human sacrifice. Arias believes that the memory of these martyrs can help Catholic Americans appreciate their faith, offering inspiration and role models of life while, at the same time, helping to fill the gaps in American history. He would also be pleased if his books were used in Catholic schools in order to assist in the formation of their students. With practical judgment Arias wanted to enrich his book with three indexes, chronological (145-47), geographic (148-51) and alphabetical (152-54), which greatly facilitates the use of the book. This is a highly recommended work.< Less
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December 7, 2012
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.65 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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