By Diana Wanamaker
Though grounded in theology, validity lies beyond the walls of chapels and the followers that gather there. It is those that pass by us in our everyday life that define the essence of those that live their life with others in mind. It is the ordinary souls that make deep commitments for simple things. They wear no medals on their shirts, carry no titles of honor, and are assigned no acknowledgment for the work they do. They walk among us each day, with no reward for their work.
They are your neighbor, the cashier at the store, the person who delivers your paper, the recovering drug addict, the introvert, the mentally challenged, those with no job, those with many jobs, those who are homeless, those rich and those poor. Oridnary people, going to extraoridnary lengths for the purpose of others.
The saints among us are also the least likely. They may live in unhappiness, or carry the bitterness and anger of the world gone wrong. At first glimpse they may look tattered and worn. Their demeanor may shout out they don’t like people and people generally don’t like them.
Dig deeper and you will find more beneath the outer surface. They are saints that carry their hearts as guides. Deeply committed to the values that live within. The presentation of who they are is not carried in the appearance, but only in their commitment to they’re saintly actions.
They do not allow the unfairness of the world, the harshness of the evil that takes so freely with no remorse…..to take their heart. Never let them take your heart!
The Saints Among Us……
- Do for others even when they don’t want to
- Never give up
- Speak up and be bold
- Stand up for themselves and others, so they might be heard
- Make sacrifices
- Take risks, even when the odds are stacked against them
- Are courageous
- Show compassion
- Offer humanity and care
- Give to others even when they have nothing to give
- Offer kindness even when they are unrecognized or unappreciated
- They don’t become what may have been a part of the hardships of their past
- They are heroic and brave
- Saints are human beings (flawed human beings)
Inspired by the movie, “St. Vincent”.
Here is a link to the speech in the movie that is heartwarming and beautiful, made by a young man in the movie. https://youtu.be/wo1CYlRDz8g
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