Friday, November 1, 2013

Happy All Saints Day!

What is a saint?  Is a saint a PERFECT person?  Someone who has never faltered?  Someone who always knows the right answer, who always makes the right choices?  I don't think so.  For me, a saint is a person who strives toward living their life for God in all that they do.  Not perfect, not sinless, not without struggles.  We are all called to be saints!  There are the famous saints we all know about, St. Francis, St. Joseph, St. Mary, a long long list.  These particular people made a specific impact on history, and are for us an example, a goal to look towards when living our life. 
According to Wikipedia, "saint is one who has been recognized for having an exceptional degree of holiness, sanctity, and virtue. "  Do I recognize the saints around me in my own life?  In my life, so many of my friends are saints.  They are there for me when I need guidance or safe refuge. Especially dear to me right now are the doctors,nurses and staff who work with cancer patients.  They truly are saints to each of those patients and their families.  Bringing comfort, consolation, peace, hope to those who are ill, fearful, grief-stricken, hopeless.  
Who are the saints in your life?  A person doesn't have to be famous to be a saint, only someone who longs to do the will of God.  Their life shows it.  We are ALL called to be saints. 
St. Francis of Assisi gives us a pretty good recipe for living in his famous "Prayer of St. Francis".  The video below is from a DVD entitled, "The Irish Prayers"  I love the instrumentation and reflective mood.  I hope you enjoy it also!