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For All The Saints

October 31, 2016

“A saint is not someone who is good. It is someone who has experienced the goodness of God.” – Thomas Merton — wisdom from Ronnie for this All Hallows’ Eve and All Saints

Ronnie McBrayer

saintIn the Catholic tradition there are more than 10,000 named “Saints” in their pantheon. These are individuals from the past who lived exemplary lives, and who continue to inspire the church today. Per Catholic teaching, the saints can be called upon in time of need like calling on a friend, a friend who is in close proximity and communion with God.

And depending upon your station in life, some saints might be more “friendly” than others. Saint Sebastian is the patron saint of sports, for example. If you ride a Harley, pray to Saint Columbanus, the patron saint of motorcyclists. There is Florian for firefighters, Joseph for realtors, Catherine for teachers, Agatha for those with breast cancer, Saints Andrew and Peter for fisherman, Anthony to help you find lost items, and Saint Jude for lost causes.

Some lesser known saints have clever assignments: Saint Barbara for anything that explodes, Drogo…

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