Collection: Doctors of the Church Mandala

ARTIST: Br. Mickey McGrath, OSFS


The truly holy person welcomes all that is earthly.
—Saint Hildegard of Bingen

Be gentle to all and stern with yourself.
—Saint Teresa of Avila

Let us love, since that is what our hearts were made for.
—Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.
—Saint Catherine of Siena

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Doctors of the Church

This is a very special title accorded by the Church to certain saints. This title indicates that the writings and preachings of such a person are useful to Christians "in any age of the Church." Such men and women are also particularly known for the depth of understanding and the orthodoxy of their theological teachings. While the writings of the Doctors are often considered inspired by the Holy Spirit; this does not mean they are infallible, but it does mean that they contributed significantly to the formulation of Christian teaching in at least one area.