Today in the Saint of the Day section of my phone app, Laudate, this is part of what is printed. “Many saints and martyrs die forgotten and intercede for us anonymously in heaven: we shall not know them until the Day of Judgment.”
We tend to focus and are often enamored with the famous Saints. We say we want to be like them in holiness but do we really want to be holy or famous? Do we yearn to eventually be with God and more like Him on earth or do we simply fear hell and want to avoid purgatory, or do we simply figure sainthood is beyond our reach because we confuse sanctity with a title. That’s what the use of a capital letter means, a title not holiness. Famous is rare, holy is more common comparatively speaking, and purgatory from what I have read is an experience of love. “Fear is useless. What is needed is trust,” Jesus said.
So much of the media and social networks including Catholic ones unfortunately focus our eyes on things that inspire anger, hate, and self-righteousness. Causes can become obsessions and a hook into darkness. Being convinced one is right, just, and faithful can provide a blinded excuse to sin. Constantly viewing the profane and horrible things that occur in life can create fear, anxiety, and depression.
Have eyes only on Christ. Notice God’s goodness and pay close attention to His gifts that inspire awe and gratitude. We will be saints, likely unknown to the world but still in the heart of God if we simply believe and act accordingly. Be warned however. He may lead you to give up your causes or what you think is justifiable in favor of something more virtuous perhaps even hidden and mundane. Have eyes only on Christ. Capital letters mean nothing.
The scripture passage is from Luke 8:50, Mark 5:36. The picture was taken this morning during my predawn walk. This blog’s Facebook page has more. Just click the button. It’s to your right.