Dear St. John’s,
This week, we celebrate All Saints’ Day. We remember giants of the faith, like Mary Magdalene and John the Evangelist, and the many people throughout history whose examples we’d like to emulate: Dame Julian of Norwich, John and Charles Wesley, Harriet Tubman, Oscar Romero.
It’s also a time to remember our personal saints. These are the people who made a difference in our lives and helped us grow in faith and love. It could be our grandmother or a beloved teacher or maybe the school crossing guard.
I encourage you to think about who has been a saint in your life, and to give thanks for them. If you can, join us in church on Sunday, when we will read the names and display photographs of some of these spiritual ancestors.
Let us take courage and inspiration from the saints, famous and not-so-famous and those known to God alone. For all form the communion of saints, who surround us as we strive to continue God’s work here on earth.
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us.” (Hebrews 12:1)
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