Wednesday:) What is a Saint and Why Not You?

1 Nov

“But in the end they were not called saints because of the way they died, or because of their visions or wondrous deeds, but because of their extraordinary capacity for the love and goodness, which reminded others of the love of God.” ― Robert Ellsberg


Today is All Saints Day, and in the Catholic Church, a Holy Day of Obligation. I feel pretty blessed to be able to get up in the morning at my leisure, and not have to run off to a job, or scurry around with little kids. So, I decided to get up early and go to 8:30 Mass instead of tonight at 7. The alarm going off at 7 am may not sound too early for most folks, but I rarely go to sleep before 2 or 3 am. Don’t ask me why. There’s no good reason, except I just don’t sleep well at night.

This morning, I bounced out of bed quite cheerily, took a quick shower, and headed off to church. Actually, I think I was looking forward to maybe greeting at the door before Mass on a different day other than Sunday. New faces and smiles, familiar faces and hugs.

It was a cool misty morning, so I wrapped my sweater tight around me as I held open the door and said good morning. Then, a very familiar face came over to greet me, and he decided to hold open the other door and join me for a while.

Father Don shook a lot of hands and greeted a lot of people. At one point he said, “It’s pretty cold out here.” I didn’t give him a sermon on sacrifice, but I did mention that he had some nice long and warm robes on, and I just had a sweater. 

Can you see the new church going up in the background? I told father that I kinda like the purple underlayment, and perhaps we should keep the purple color for the final structure. I don’t think he agreed. Perhaps he’ll take it under advisement.

For the Holmily, Father Don talked about All Saints Day, and while he greeted at the door, he told people that today was their day. I didn’t get it at first. Father said that we should all strive to be Saints. No, we don’t have to run out and get martyred or be tortured or die, but in our own way, if we strive to follow in Jesus’s footsteps, we all become Saints. We may not be canonized and have a little statute or holy cards made in our likeness, but if we manage to get up to heaven, we are considered Saints. (I guess if you make it in the door, you are a Saint.)

Wow! That’s a pretty cool concept. Lead a good life, follow the Two Commandments… there are ten, but I like the abridged version…Love God, Love your neighbor. The other eight are all covered in one and two. 

So, if you’re ever feeling blue or unworthy or incompetent, just remember, YOU TOO CAN BE A SAINT. Today’s YOUR day! It’s a good vocation. 

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