Happy Feast of All Saints! I am sure that at some point you have heard that we are saints in the making.
Recently, I read a reflection by Bob Hurd in Give Us This Day that made the saying come alive.
Bob shared about a time in Russia when persecution of Christians was very intense. At one point, treasured icons were being removed from Churches and taken away. Members of the Church were concerned about how they would worship without their icons. Their priest was a very wise man. On the next Sunday, he had people stand in for the missing icons. What a brilliant idea! It says that we are called to be living icons.
The best part is that each of us can be those living icons no matter how imperfect we may be. What is important is that we are trying to be our best and share the good news. The priest was wise in helping his congregation to see the beauty in their ‘living icons.’ What a positive solution for a sad attempt to crush those who found solace and strength in their faith life.
If we truly believe that we are ‘saints in the making’ – ‘living Icons’ — I think we could help to change some of the challenges that face us today. Too often, we’re so focused on ourselves that we don’t have time to help others. Anger and quick reactions are all too familiar in so many instances. Jealousy of others achievements fill our newspapers. And, disrespect for the value of life is rampant.
As we celebrate the Saints that have gone before us, I pray that we take the time to recognize the ‘living icons’ that are around us. They can help us to celebrate the spirit of holiness in all its splendor. Perhaps in the spirit of this month of Thanksgiving, we can let our own ‘living icons’ know how they have affected our lives. I am sure that the people who filled in for the icons in their bare Church in Russia knew they were loved and appreciated by their fellow parishioners.
Till next week,
Sr. Theresita Donach shares this weekly reflection via e-mail with a group of women discerning their vocation. If you are interested in joining that online community, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .