Saints

November 1st is the date of “All Saints Day” in the traditional church calendar.  We will celebrate it tomorrow in worship.  Why would we “celebrate” All Saints Day?  It’s another day of Thanksgiving – a time to be grateful for the people who have shaped our faith stories, our hearts and our journey.  Here are some quotes for All Saints Day that I found on www.SpiritualityandPractice.com.

"For centuries the church has confronted the human community with role models of greatness. We call them saints when what we really often mean to say is 'icon,' 'star,' 'hero,' ones so possessed by an internal vision of divine goodness that they give us a glimpse of the face of God in the center of the human. They give us a taste of the possibilities of greatness in ourselves." — Joan D. Chittister in A Passion for Life

"I am reminded of the biblical use of the term saint in the book of Acts. That it applies to each of us. All who are attempting to imitate the Christ in their lives merit the title of 'saint.' Some do it more fully than others and are willing to let go of more to get the job done." — Matthew Fox in Confessions

"All of the places of our lives are sanctuaries; some of them just happen to have steeples. And all of the people in our lives are saints; it is just that some of them have day jobs and most will never have feast days named for them." — Robert Benson in Between the Dreaming and the Coming True

"Keep in mind that our community is not composed of those who are already saints, but of those who are trying to become saints. Therefore let us be extremely patient with each other's faults and failures." — Mother Teresa quoted in No Greater Love edited by Becky Benenate and Joseph Durepos

I’ll be looking for you, my saints, tomorrow in worship at 9 or 10:30 am!
Vikki

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