September 13 is the feast day (in the Roman Catholic Church) of Saint John Chrysostom, bishop and Doctor of the Church. An Early Church Father best known for his preaching and public speaking, Saint John was given the name Chrysostomos, meaning “golden mouthed,” after death.
What set him apart from others in his time period was his ability to apply scripture to everyday circumstances, teaching people how to incorporate the Gospel in all that they did. Continue reading “waters rising”→
lover of animals; which is why he stands appropriately near
And St. Joseph, another favorite hero of mine and defender of the Holy Family,
hangs near a favorite sitting spot of Cuppycake’s & mine.
What is a Saint?
A saint is one who has been recognized for having an exceptional degree of holiness, sanctity, and virtue.
What is a Hero?
A person of distinguished courage or ability, admired for their brave deeds and noble qualities. 2. a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal.
And so it is for me that the two are synonymous as I have not met a Saint who has not qualified as Hero. And while Hero’s, on the other hand, aren’t always made a Saint…does that mean we all shouldn’t at least aspire to be one?
Our parish priest, Fr. Larry Richards, often reminds us we should all aspire to be Saints! That when we leave this earthly life our lives will have been so devoted to pointing always to Him, despite the trials we may face, that our parishes will be filled with statues of each one of us!
(I wrote in a previous post what I would envision my statue to denote.)
In our modern day vernacular we have made the term “SAINT” synonymous with perfection. If someone lives a life above reproach we say “He is a real saint,”
if one dedicates their life to solely doing good works, such as Mother Teresa, we say “She is a real saint,” if one lives a life exemplary of good morals and high standards we ascribe to them the “title” of saint.
We have set some pretty high standards for achieving sainthood!
I do believe the Saints themselves would say quite differntly.
They would remind us that to attain Sainthood is a courageous battle to be fought daily, with great joy! That there is no perfection to be found in living the life of a Saint, only imperfect people (sinners) striving to love Him always…in ALL ways and doing so heroically!
Rejoice not over me, O my enemy; when I fall, I shall rise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me.
St. Paul himself, declares in Romans 7:15, this struggle to do good is difficult!
“I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate,” Romans 7:15
However, we should never stop trying!
Will we tire?
Should we quit?
And that is exactly why the Saints are my heroes.
Heroes never quit!
They fall down…
In this past half-century I have met many Heroes!
All of whom I have drawn strength from at various moments of my life,
some more than others,
but each equally as important.
I hope you will find a hero (or more) to fall in love with!
Remember they are who we can draw strength from as we aspire to be