The rediscovery of the Church as the people of God and the awareness of the universal vocation of all the baptized — these are themes that run through the writings and more so, the lives of the men and women profiled here. Another way of expressing these themes is to be found in their embodiment of the gospel. This is none other than the universal vocation to be "very similar to God," to be holy, to be saints.

Michael Plekon, Living Icons