If you ever met, Fr. Al Bishoff S.J., you know he is likely to greet you with these words, “Hello, saint.” I met him in high school and he always reminded us that we were all on our way to sainthood. A saint is a person who is recognized as an individual exceptional in holiness and likeness or closeness to God. This is not something that most of us believe is possible, but it is. To learn about what it takes to be a saint, look at the Gospel.
This weekend we celebrate the feast of All Saints. In the Gospel for today, Jesus gathers his disciples and teaches them the path to holiness. The Beatitudes are a way to exemplify our Christian identity. The disciples are the ones who decided to set aside everything to follow Jesus. On a faith journey one is likely to experience loss, persecution, and insult. Disciples are called to align themselves with the poor, hungry, and those who thirst for righteous, exercise mercy and bring peace. These are the hallmarks of holiness.
When parents sacrifice their own wants for the sake of their children, or when siblings put the needs of their brothers or sisters before their own, these are the tasks of holiness. Any one of us can be a saint. Please take time this week to pray for one another on the journey to sainthood.
[Lourdes only] This Saturday, November 7th, the Bereavement Committee will gather with those who have lost a loved one on Saturday to prayer for those who have died. Please join those who mourn in prayer.
[Holy Family only] On Tuesday, October 27th, young people from Holy Family will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation. Join them in prayer.
Please remember to exercise your right to vote on Tuesday if you have not already done so.
Finally, I am scheduled to have same day robotic surgery on Wednesday, November 4th, for an inguinal (lower abdominal) hernia. The surgeon urged that I limit my activities for two weeks while I recover. During the first week, I will not be allowed to drive. I am grateful to everyone who will help while I recover. Thank you in advance for your prayers.
Have a blessed week! Fr. Len