Unseen and unsung

All Saints Day is about the obvious.

That the saints that stuff gets named for – St. John’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Home, St. Aloysius’ Church – that they aren’t the only saints. It’s a reminder that we are surrounded by many, many more saints.

Men and women who are living lives of holiness. Unseen and unsung.

Not because their struggles to live the Faith aren’t important. But because that’s not how they see it. To them, it’s just another Thursday.

Another day with all of the crosses of their lives. One that they’re getting through with God’s help.

And, truth be told, they are unseen and unsung because we aren’t paying attention. We’re either so wrapped up in ourselves that we miss what they’re doing.

Or we’re stuck with the unspoken assumption that if it’s really something from God, then it’s going to be so big, so dramatic, that even we can’t ignore it. Or it doesn’t count.

The reality of the saints around us is that this is their normal. Living in God’s grace. Seeing the need and meeting it. Not solving the world’s problems. Just helping with today’s.

With all of the same needs, problems, and distractions that you and I face. Everyday.

So how come they’re instruments of God’s grace and we’re not?    

Because they aren’t relying on themselves. They are relying on God.

They understand the wisdom of today’s Gospel, the Beatitudes.

Jesus giving us all the “Blessed are the...” sayings (“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven,” etc.). We’ve heard it so many times that we don’t think about what it really is.

The roadmap to being a saint.

It begins with the reality of our spiritual poverty. Recognizing that you and I can’t handle things on our own. That we can’t rely on ourselves.

And then turning to the One we can rely on. The One waiting to give us – not everything we want, but everything we need.

If we will but only ask.

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