Being friends with the Saints is one way to increase faith. Reading their struggles and challenges encourages me to face my own.
There are also the saints that are here on earth, we are all called to be part of the community of saints.
The word saint doesn’t seem simple because when I read the stories I am reading the finished product of sainthood and not the day to day challenge and process of change.
Saints weren’t perfect, St Peter denied Jesus but came back and worked through his fears following Jesus. We recently heard that St Mother Theresa didn’t always feel the presence of God but in faith she continued God’s work.
I remember a woman named Jeanne, who called everyone saint. Once she called Aaron a saint and he was upset saying he was not a saint. But Jeanne said she was looking as God sees us. We are called to be saints although it may embarrass us because we know our sins. Sainthood is our calling. We are helped along the way with the Sacraments.
I study the saints because I wonder how to get from here to there. I call the saints the Hall of Famers, those recognized for living out their faith.
Further reflection needed on going from sinner to saint, still in the process. And when I fall happy to have the Sacraments to refocus and redirect. And also happy for all the saints living and death, who I can learn to imitate and move forward.
Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God; consider the outcome of their life, and imitate their faith.
14For this reason I kneel before the Father,15from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,16that he may grant you in accord with the riches of his glory to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self, 17and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, rooted and grounded in love, 18may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
20Now to him who is able to accomplish far more than all we ask or imagine, by the power at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.