I know many readers mightgroan (inwardly or outwardly) whenthey hear that. Because, unfortunately, for many people the livesof the saints are considered overlypious and largely irrelevant legends.
It can seem almost impossible to
relate to people known primarily
as marble statues or stained-glass
windows. You look at a statue of, say,
Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, the “Little
Flower,” in her Carmelite habit,
holding a bouquet of roses and look-
ing heavenward, and it’s not hard to
think, “What does that have to do
with my life?”
But it’s important to remember
that the saints were human beings,
which means that they sinned (fre-
quently), doubted (sometimes), and
wondered whether they were doing
the right thing (more often than you
would think). As anyone does, the
saints struggled with casting off the
vestiges of their false selves and be-
coming who God wanted them to be.
As an aside, I’m using the termsaints in its broadest possible meaning: not simply for those who havebeen “canonized” by the church
As anyone does,the saints struggledwith casting off thevestiges of their falseselves and becomingwho God wantedthem to be.
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