It's easy to believe that the progress of life with its new capabilities and possibilities makes it harder for people to be saintly. The theory is that life is more complicated these days, and that the complications include blocks to saintly life. Really, that is untrue. Men connect with God in the same ways today that we always have: through prayer, thought, meditation, Church services and events, and learning. This modern world of ours has seen its fair share of sons and daughters elevated to the holy cannon.
Many contemporary saints are overlooked because when people think of saints they think of people like the Apostles, the St. Georges, the St. Thomas Aquinases, and many others whose lives are so far removed from us their memories are stamped on our minds.
But it is possible that recent saints and holy men and women can teach us a great deal about how to fit society and the swirling mass of experience into our lives and fight the increasing belief that our lives and experiences should fit into societal conventions.
I would like to take some time on this blog, maybe once a week, to highlight a modern saint or holy person and what they can teach us about being in the world and not of the world.
I have to think a bit more exactly what this will look like. And please don't hold me too stringently to the idea of once a week, I may not make it every week. Also, I need to come up with a title...But I already know who will be the subject of my first post. Guesses? (Dad, you can't guess, you know who it is.)
Also, feel free to suggest someone.