Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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May 1, 2014

Thank the saints in your life

‘It’s extraordinary how extraordinary the ordinary person can be.”

At one time, I used to collect quotes. I had several notebooks filled with them; not sure where they ended up, however. While I don’t remember who said the aforementioned quote, I recalled it while reading about the recent canonizations of John XXIII and John Paul II.

If a saint is someone who lives a good, virtuous and exemplary life, then the Catholic Church was certainly right in choosing these two popes for sainthood. They were, and will continue to be, role models and an inspiration for others.

But can’t the same be said for others who will never be canonized? I have read of many people who lived very holy lives. I know of many people who are living very holy lives. If you stop to think about it, you know them too.

Some of them are Catholic. Some of them are from other faiths and denominations. And still others aren’t affiliated with any religion whatsoever. Can’t they still be considered saints?

I recently finished a biography of Albert Schweitzer. What do you know of him? Do just a little research into his life and what he did. How could he not be considered holy and saintly?

Pope Francis recently stated that there should be more “saints without cassocks and without veils.” A case has been made for Dorothy Day. Hers is another biography you should explore. Here was a woman who certainly fit the mold of saint, but also that of humble sinner.

Most every saint I have ever read about seems to have had a checkered past. That’s not true for every saint, but the ones I gravitate toward certainly did. They are more human to me.

Aren’t we all possible saints? In Romans 1:7, St. Paul (no saint himself for a long time!) says we are “called to be saints.” But some answer the call better than others.

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