Dr. Christopher Shannon, author of the highly acclaimed Bowery to Broadway, examined the historical approach of Jean Daniélou and Henri de Lubac. Shannon said that by placing the saints alongside the great political leaders of history, the saints, as types of Christ, would bring an organizing structure.

“[According to Daniélou and de Lubac,] what we should be looking for in history is Jesus Christ, particularly as we see Him in the saints,” Shannon said. “The saints are our guides to history.”