Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Faith Perspectives: On Saints

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Faith Perspectives: On Saints

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The day after Halloween I ate as much leftover chocolate as I could manage (and I am a true chocoholic) before heading off to Mass to celebrate All Saints Day.

During this celebratory Mass, parishioners brought in pictures of loved ones who had passed away. These pictures were placed on tables close to the altar in full display. Father Pete Schavitz spoke about how this was a Mass for all the small people.

Isn't that, in a way, how all our saints started?

Each and every saint was human, with gifts and flaws. After all, they were people much like us, living day by day, struggling with choices, making decisions, some moving on to greatness. Father James Telthorst, or "Father T," would always address us as Dear Saints. He believes that we are all saints in the making.

Author Peter Kreeft wrote: "Saints are not freaks or exceptions.They are the standard operating model for human beings. In fact, in the biblical sense of the word, all believers are saints. 'Sanctity' means holiness. All men, women and children, born or unborn, beautiful or ugly, straight or gay, are holy, for they bear the image of God. "

Kreeft continues: "What is a saint? First of all, one who knows he or she is a sinner. A saint knows all the news, both the bad news of sin and the good news of salvation. A saint is so open that he can say, with Paul, 'I have learned, in whatever situation I find myself, to be self-sufficient. I know how to live in humble circumstances; I know also how to live with abundance' (Phil. 4:11-12). A saint marries God 'for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health, till death.' A saint is also so determined, so stubborn, that he will die before compromising the truth, and will write credo in the sand with his own blood as he dies."

Finally, Kreeft shares that Francis of Assisi once told his monks that if they were in the midst of the Beatific Vision and a tramp knocked at their door asking for a cup of cold water, turning away from the heavenly vision to help the tramp would be the real heaven, and turning away from the tramp to keep the blissful vision would be turning from God's face. …

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