Papa, you’ve given us a beautiful day to remember the saints / Saints who have walked and lived among us. The ‘gathering of saints’ brings to mind the many saints who have been influential in my life.
I think readers will be surprised that along with St. Rita (impossible dreams), St. Francis & Mother Teresa (peace), St. Dymphna & St. Jude (mental illness), Kateri Tekakwitha (Native Americans), Blessed Andre (the marginalized), Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Jesus (strong women) and St. Thomas (God bless the doubters), and a number of others the saints I refer to are those that have literally been in my life.
People of generosity, good humor, great laughter, empathic, healthy skepticism, and strong faith are my models. The people I have come to know who share my FTD, new friends and saints. The staff who cared for my son, Peter, for nearly 6 years. Erma Bombeck. Dorothy Day (and maybe Doris, too ;o) My dad and mom. My funny, little grandma, Mimi. People I’ve worked with or admired. John F Kennedy. Great priest & religious friends…
It would be a very long list of people you don’t know. Including some I long ago forgot about, but in some way – maybe not even knowing it – they provided me with nourishment, laughter, handed me hankies for the tears or cried with me. Were friendly as I checked out of store.
Given the last year of thoughts and prayers I have met even more through my neighbors and my parish.
And while anyone who knew my family might raise an eyebrow, when I include my children and my grands. Who bring me delight, worry about me, assist me in a myriad of acts. Even when we disagree.
Being ‘in communion’ with all these saints is affirming that good still exists despite the evil – even the diluted version of bad luck – that is everywhere I go. These saints, both living and dead, are my community that have nurtured me, forming me throughout my life.
With Papa’s loving guidance, I will join them in the very best place. And – Papa, please cover your ears – we will PAAAARTAY for all of eternity!!! What a Kingdom to begin creating right now, eh?
May all the saints in your lives be celebrated, and remember that we all got the same invitation. And may they be my voice to God as I work, sleep and pray.
Mom & Dad, are you listening? It’s me. Vicki