31 Oct FOR ALL THE SAINTS
We have just celebrated First Vespers of All Saints. On asking one of the sisters what she understood of this great feast day, she wrote the following:
“In the early Church, Christians were called ‘saints’ and were recognised by the love they had for each other. Today we think of a saint as one who is outstanding in holiness and on this great feast the church puts before us those holy men and women – the canonised saints whom we believe to be already in heaven and the multitude of unkown saints – for our encouragement.
But what is a saint? A saint is a sinner who keeps trying to do God’s will. So hopefully we are all saints in the making. Yet we know that we do not always reach our potential in this life as the saints did but as long as we are sincerely trying there will be time later for a final purification. We rejoice in the vast number of men and women from every walk of life who practised heroic virtue, giving their lives as martyrs. Even today many suffer and die for their faith and it is thought that there has been more martyrs in the 20th century than in any other time in history – these are the unknown saints, the power of the church today. The saints are our friends, our inspiration. They intercede for us and we should pray to them. Everyone who enters heaven is a saint so let us desire to be saints, and with St Paul ‘fight the good fight’ to the end and win the prize of everlasting life. A Happy feast day to all our visitors.”
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