Your God is too Boring VI:

Mar 3, 2016

The above picture is part of the Communion of Saints Tapestries at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels in Los Angeles. Twenty five tapestries portray 135 Saints and blesseds. To find out more about the tapestries go here.

During Lent, we will be reading and discussing Jon Leonetti’s Your God is too Boring. The blog post that follows is part of our reflection. Feel free to read, share, comment on, and discuss all that is reflected on here.  While you don’t necessarily need to read the book in order to participate in our online discussion, we really recommend that you do, because, well, it’s a good book. Books and the reflection guide are three dollars and can be picked up at the back of church. 

The Church is not a museum for saints, but a hospital for sinners.

Generally attributed to St Augustine

Too often when we think of the saints, we think of them as otherworldly, holier and closer to God than we could ever be.  Yet, the saints themselves would be the first to tell you that they were sinners and as much in need of God’s mercy as anyone else.

For example, the above mentioned St Augustine was once a playboy-   with a life of loose living, which included parties, entertainment, and worldly ambitions (because of this, he is known as the patron saint of brewers). He eventually became one of the premier theological thinkers of his time, and is a Doctor of the Church.

St Jerome had a habit of being very ascerbic when arguing about his writing and church teaching and was rumored to be a very difficult person to get along with (because of this, he is known as the patron saint of people with difficult personalities). St Jerome translated the Hebrew bible into Greek, and is also known as a Doctor of the Church.

Dorothy Day,a Servant of God (the first step in possible canonization) had an abortion when she was younger, but became a servant of the poor by creating the Catholic Worker movement and was known as a devout believer in the Eucharist.

St Matthew was a tax collector who took more than the prescribed sums to line his own pockets, yet became one of Jesus’ Apostles.

The list goes on, even until today. In the end, the saints are people, sinners just like us-sinners who allowed themselves to be treated by God’s abundant mercy. Their stories remind us that God’s mercy is never far from our reach, and that we too can be and are called to be holy. We are all called to be saints.

Lent is a time to reflect on those habits that keep us from fully living our call to be saints. It is a time to come to the hospital for sinners and seek healing and forgiveness for not fully embracing that call.

Suggestion:

Find a patron saint and pray for their intercession for you to be a person of holiness. To do this, you may want to make a list of some of your hobbies or interests and then do a search to find saints that are patrons of those interests

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