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Since Sunday was All Saints Day, I wanted to ruminate around the idea of saints for my Spiritual Thursday post. Who is a saint?

In modern society, we have a hard time connecting to the martyrdom of Saint Paul and the selflessness of Saint Francis. We’ve come to relegate these Saints to symbols around our necks or in our gardens.

As I listened to the age-old hymn “Saints of God”, I was inspired to wonder about the ordinary saints. “They lived not only in ages past, there are hundreds of thousands still. The world is full of the joyous saints who love to do Jesus’ will.” (Yes, I have the words memorized.)

How to Be an Ordinary Saint

Step out of your old shoes and into another’s.
Comfort a crying child.
Hold the door open.
Give away your cloak.
Follow a faith-led path.
Pray without ceasing.
Write a poem on a card. Send it to someone who is struggling.
Sing a song of hope.
Pay for someone’s coffee.
Read to a child.
Sit with the dying.
Adopt a pet.
Call your mother, father, brother, sister, friend.
Offer a kind word, a knowing smile.
Be open to forgiveness.
Don’t linger on pain.
Love.

When you are out and about, look for those ordinary saints. The ones who open doors, let your car in, tie your shoes. Living in gratitude, noticing the little gracious things people do, spreads all the saint juices around and fills our world with love.

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