Today we celebrate All Saints Day! All Saints Day is often overlooked because it falls one day after Halloween day, but we must not overlook this day. We know that the saints in heaven were people just like us and they did not lead perfect lives. Each of them had their own struggles. Each of them were sinners, but they recognized their sins and overcame them. They came to realize that although they were not perfect, they were called to live a holy life. When we ask the saints to pray for us and with us we know that they were not perfect. It is no different than asking a friend to pray for someone who is in need of prayer. In church we join with the angels and saints in celebration of our Lord.
All Saints Day is more than a celebration for those saints who have gone before us, but it is a day for us to reflect on our lives. Are we living saintly lives? A while back I asked myself this and wrote down two questions on a piece of paper. What does it mean to live a saintly life? What can I do to lead a saintly life? I thought and prayed about this. We are all called to be saints. A saint is a person who is of great holiness and virtue, and one who models his life after Jesus. Jesus is our example of how we should live our lives. We are not perfect and so may not always be able to follow in His footsteps, but we are called to be more like Him. We are all called to be diciples of Jesus. Our mission is to reach heaven and in order to do this we must live a saintly life. We must not think that saintliness is something that is unattainable to us. You and I can be saints. We are not perfect, but we can be saints and we are called to be saints. Live for God. Praise God.