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
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
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.