We Need Saints – Author Unknown
“We need saints without veil or cassock.
We need saints who wear jeans and sneakers.
We need saints who go to the movies, listen to music and hang out with friends.
We need saints who put God in first place, but who let go of their power.
We need saints who have time everyday to pray and who know how to date in purity and chastity, or who consecrate their chastity.
We need modern saints, Saints of the 21st century with a spirituality that is part of our time.
We need saints committed to the poor and the necessary social changes.
We need saints who live in the world and who are sanctified in the world, who are not afraid to live in the world.
We need saints who drink Coke and eat hot dogs, who wear jeans, who are Internet-savvy, who listen to CDs.
We need saints who passionately love the Eucharist and who are not ashamed to drink a soda or eat pizza on weekends with friends.
We need saints who like movies, the theater, music, dance, sports.
We need saints who are social, open, normal, friendly, happy and who are good companions.
We need saints who are in the world and know how to taste the pure and nice things of the world but who aren’t of the world.“
I love this quote! It is inspired by Pope John Paul II and reminds me of Peter Kreeft when he was in Toronto in June. He also said the world would be saved through living lives of saintliness. Truly something wonderful to strive for as we engage the world by afflicting the comfortable and comforting the afflicted.
That last line really hit home for me. We need to be people who can appreciate beauty in the world despite the fact that so much has been corrupted. Celebrating what the world is, as much as striving to make it better. What makes us different? We know God Loves us. And we show it by love of others, and His world. This means as much work in making it better as well as appreciating what it is. I think it makes us hopeful as well as determined, fuelled by a sense of what could be, by seeing what there is.
This quote from Chesterton sums it up: “At the back of our brains, so to speak, there was a forgotten blaze or burst of astonishment at our own existence. The object of the artistic and spiritual life was to dig for this submerged surprise or wonder; so that a man sitting in a chair might suddenly understand that he was actually alive, and be happy.”
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