July 26


The saints are here all around us. People like you and me. They aren’t perfect people but they are people who dare to live out their own integrity the best way they can. Even though they are part of the chaos of living, it is a life-giving,a  life-creating chaos, the chaos of a quantum world that ultimately develops its own orderliness. Sometimes on and sometimes off track, the one stable rudder in their world is love – love of others, love of creation, all flowing from a committed love of God. Even though holy cards paint saints as unnaturally pious and sentimental, real saints are usually in touch with reality and courageous enough to live out their truth. They don’t perform any obvious miracles but their lives may impact others in a special way. Sensitive to the people and situations in their lives, they are not focused on themselves and can laugh at their own foibles. They walk among us simply living out their lives and making this world a better place by their presence.


You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence.
Psalm 11:16


Reflect on who the real saints are. They may be private or public figures. Do you see any impact from their lives? What “miracles’ have they inspired?


Suggested Readings

Blessed is the one to whom the Lord imputes not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
Psalm 32:2

Finally, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Philippians 4:8

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.
Psalm 51:10-12

Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.
Mark 9:50

The saints were not saints because they were perfect but because they were real.
Wendy Wright

Just to be is a blessing. Just to live is holy.
Abraham Heschel

Being holy . . . does not mean being perfect but being whole; it does not mean being exceptionally religious or being religious at all; it means being liberated from religiosity and religious pietism of any sort; it does not mean being morally better, it means being exemplary; it does not mean being godly, but rather being truly human.
William Stringfellow

 To desire and expect nothing for oneself and to have profound sympathy for others is genuine holiness.
Ivan Turgenev

 Don’t call me a saint. I don’t want to be dismissed so easily.
Dorothy Day

Some Catholics have a concept I very much admire: the Sacrament of the Present Moment. It suggests that every moment of our lives is sacred, and that we should make of each moment a sacrament. Were we to do this we would think of the entire world as diffused with holiness. Wherever we might be would be a holy place for us, and we would see the holy, even sainthood, in everyone we encounter.
M. Scott Peck

The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours – it is an amazing journey – and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins.
Bob Moawad

A wonderful gift may not be wrapped as you expect.
Jonathan Lockwood Huie