Friday, 1st November, 2019
Today is ‘ALL SAINTS DAY’ and in the life of the church, it presents an opportunity to celebrate giants of the faith. Men and women whose sacrifice and courage, often in the face of Grace danger, preserved the faith we hold.
Interestingly, at the mention of Sainthood, we turn our attention to others as deserving of sainthood. For very peculiar reasons, we don’t consider ourselves as ‘Saint-materials’. We don’t even picture that we can also drop our names into that hat.
I came across a piece that caught my attention and here is a snippet:
- We need modern saints, saints of the 21st century with a spirituality that is part of our time.
- We need saints who live in the world and who are sanctified in the world, who are not afraid to live in the world.
- We need saints who are in the world and know how to taste the pure and nice things of the world but who aren’t of the world.
- We need saints who are social, open, normal, friendly, happy and who are good companions.
From this, we realise that attributing sainthood solely to individuals who do extraordinary things doesn’t cover the whole spectrum, but also includes those who do ordinary things extraordinarily. Those who make impacts with the little things in life because they do so from a place of real love for others.
So beloved, indeed we need more Saints. But I suggest to you that you can be part of that number. Don’t look at others.