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Saints All Around

With the mighty cloud of angelic and saintly witnesses, singing to God in worship is where we want to be someday. Angels are spirits without bodies. But saints are people like you and me who have died in the death of Christian baptism, have faithfully taken up the cross to follow Jesus, and enjoy Christ's reign in the resurrection of the body.

That is how we and the apostles confess it: “I believe in the Holy Sprit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting. Amen.”

The question that we need to ponder without naive self-righteousness is “Isn’t everyone a saint?” Saint and sinner are in each of us—simul iustus et preccator—just as there is saint and sinner in Mother Teresa as well as in Osama bin Laden. I am good but I still do bad things. Just as an intelligent person can do dumb things, so can a good person do bad things. What deception it would be to call another person evil - bin Laden, for example - without acknowledging the evil in myself! The parable of the beam in one’s eye teaches this truth. The reason saints have great compassion with others is that they have great compassion with themselves.

Saints learn well how to love God above all and to love their neighbors as they love themselves.

That is why saints are good at making peace, at being poor in spirit, at showing mercy and at hungering and thirsting for justice. We probably have many friends and family members who do that. Just as love is all around, at least for those who actively practice giving and receiving it, so also saints are all around. paragraph ending graphic

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November 2002