I have no idea where I got this idea but I am fascinated with this saying: The challenge of sainthood is to go where love takes me.
Love took some saints into the fire. Love took some to prison. Love took others to the guillotine. Love took a few to the ax. Love took some to crucifixion. Love took others to a firing squad. Love took one to the slums of Calcutta and love took others to oppose Nazism. While we will probably not be called to the highest level of love as a martyred saint, think about where love might take us in the 21st century.
According to Vatican II, God calls all of us to sanctify the world by our words and our deeds. God call us all to holiness. When someone is violent, love calls us. When someone is angry, love calls us. When someone doubts God, love calls us. When someone is merciless, or warring, or rude, love calls us.
According to the Anglican bishop, N.T. Wright, when the world needs change God does not send in the big tanks. God sends in the people of the Beatitudes: the meek, the mourners, the peacemakers and the justice hungry people. We build hospitals, churches, retirement centers and schools. Then all of a sudden the powerful wake up and it’s a little late.
As we celebrate the Communion of Saints, I wonder where love will take us today?
The Rev. Fr. Dr. T. Becket A. Franks, O.S.B.
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