Thursday, January 15, 2004

Familiar Saints

Holy Mother Church has always proposed the lives of saints as models for us to answer God's universal call to holiness. We are encouraged to make a connection between a saint and us by recognizing that he struggled even as we struggle. Through those struggles, God's grace operated in order to produce holiness. The process is no different for us. Our Holy Father has canonized more saints than any previous pope. His message is clear--sanctity is possible and we should continue to work out our salvation in fear and trembling.

In recent years the causes for couples have begun, most notably St. Therese of Liseux's parents. Recently, the cause for a family has begun. Jozef and Wiktoria Ulma of Markowa, Poland and their four children were killed for protecting Jews during World War II. Extraordinary circumstances, perhaps. However, we should consider that as St. Edith Stein pointed out God has orchestrated every last detail of our lives, and consequently, He only asks us to be faithful in the circumstances in which He has placed us. Our sanctity will be achieved through the unique events the Lord has arranged for us. These are the opportunities He gives us. For the Ulmas, it meant, even at the risk of their lives, to help their neighbor who needed protection. What is God asking us to do in the familiar circumstances in which He has placed us?

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