Thursday, November 01, 2007

All Saints' Day

Today is All Saints' Day. Saints are truly our brothers and sisters in Christ. They have gone before us and have "fought the good fight" and "finished the race" (2 Timothy 4:7). Remember, Saints are fallible human beings just like ourselves who depended totally on God and ran to Him for everything.

We are all called to be saints, although most of us will never be recognized officially as such by the Church. But, being a saint is not something for "them" and not for "us." Being a saint is a requirement for us to enter into God's glory in Heaven.

Also, being a saint is not something that ceased with the Middle Ages. There are saints walking the earth right this minute. There are people who have died fairly recently, who are on their way to being recognized as saints by the Church, for example the late Pope John Paul II, and Mother Teresa of Calcutta. They were people who lived through modernity just as we do, and yet, reached out to God and lived heroic and holy lives no matter the cost.

It is impossible for me to mention each saint on this day set aside to remember them. There is a saint for every person, a saint for every difficulty and for every joy. Look to them for inspiration and guidance and ask them to pray for you in your journey to Heaven.

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