4 Credit Hours
This course is a study of the stories of saints through a variety of genres such as historical fiction, poetry, prayer, the language of novenas, memoir, and autobiography. At the forefront of our contextual explorations, we'll examine how saints teach us how to live in any walk of life or set of circumstances, how they persevere in the face of adversity, and how they have the strength to deal with discouragement. Selected texts will examine the religious journeys of saints, explore their mystical experiences and personal philosophies, and question their humanism within the constructs of their culture and time. As author Molly Wolf writes, "Saints have shown us that there is the possibility of living Godwardly in this life, however imperfectly we do it." The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing. Prerequisite: ENGL 121.