As you might have guessed from the pens in their hands and halos around their heads, the background of my portfolio is a collage of saints who are especially well-known for their writings. Starting on the left side of the screen, from top to bottom, we have:
- St. Francis de Sales (1567-1622), the patron saint of journalists and writers. Born in France, he eventually became the Bishop of Geneva, Switzerland where his gentle nature, unsurpassed charity, and profound writings helped convert thousands of Calvinists in the region back to Catholicism. His most famous works include Introduction to the Devout Live and The Catholic Controversy.
- St. John the Evangelist (c.10-c.100), who wrote several books of the New Testament, including one of the four Gospels, three epistles, and the Book of Revelation. The title of this portfolio comes from the first six words of his Gospel, within which he refers to himself as the “disciple whom Jesus loved.”
- Pope Benedict XVI (1927- ), who is not a saint (yet!) but is widely acclaimed as one of the most prolific theological writers of modern times. He has written over 60 books, including his esteemed three-part biblical series Jesus of Nazareth.
- St. Bede the Venerable (c.673-735), an English monk who recorded the History of Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire. His Ecclesiastical History of the English People is still considered one of the most reliable accounts of early English history and identity.
And on the right side of the screen, from top to bottom, we have:
- St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274), likely the greatest philosopher and theologian of all time. Known as the “Angelic Doctor,” his works combine faith and reason into a harmonious whole. He also wrote several Eucharistic hymns still in use by the Catholic Church today, such as the Tantum Ergo and O Salutaris Hostia.
- St. Teresa of Ávila (1515-1582), a Carmelite nun who later founded the reformed Discalced Carmelite religious order. Among her most famous works are The Interior Castle, The Way of Perfection, and her Autobiography. Much of her writing is very mystical, drawing on her repeated visions of Jesus and Mary.
- St. Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787), an Italian bishop and founder of the Redemptorist religious order. His writings focus intensely on the one thing important in life–the salvation of one’s soul. In addition to his extensive writings on Moral Theology, his Glories of Mary and Way of the Cross remain very popular to this day.
These saintly writers were the inspiration behind this portfolio theme, for by their words they truly do expose the Word in all His goodness, greatness, mercy, and love.