Sainthood = Perfection, hmmmm?
When people think saint, holy, they often think, oh perfect, that saint had it all together, no fears, nothing. Well, no, as a matter of fact my Patrol Saint, St. Catherine of Sienne, gave the popes and world leaders lots of headaches, and i you look at the life of some of the other saints, your hair will stand up. People will often assume that becoming religious means they stopped screwing up, well no because they were human, so being a saint is not about perfection. Sainthood is about understanding what is truly of value in this world, this life, understanding basic moral and ethical truths and boundaries, the difference for example between justice and vengeance, those kinds of things. It’s about not giving up on the journey to get there, to use one’s gifts and talents for the greater good, seeing money not as the end game, but as a tool that can allow us to care for ourselves properly, care for others and assist society constructively. It’s also about patience and forgiveness, especially when neither is particularly warranted. It’s not about being perfect because that’s an impossible quest, but being the best us we can be as a person, as a humanity, honoring laws and order at all levels, ethics and integrity always. Can anyone be a saint? Yeah, but there needs to be a shift from the world revolves around me, fame and fortune to something much greater in terms of society, community, life. We can get there, just as long as we don’t give up on ourselves and our ability to be a better person each and every day, even in the smallest ways.
Namaste, Shalom and Amen