We need saints who know what it’s like to go through doubt.
Who delight in Chi tea lattes
Who get a thrill out of the first wind-chill of Fall
And who get goosebumps during the national anthem or a good musical score.
We need saints who like the occasional red lipstick, beautiful stationary and ominous clouds
Saints who are giddy to lay in a hammock and read a good novel (Jane Austen) and who really appreciate a good margarita (on the rocks with salt)
Saints who get invigorated by small things like inhaling the air of a good thunder storm.
We need saints who want to live, really live and have a thirst for knowledge and the truth.
We need saints who are adventurous…who jump off rocks and swim at night.
We need Saints who have experienced the strength and freedom of knowing Christ…who stare at the Eucharist for hours and ask real questions, tough questions.
We need saints who think big, who feel big and are not afraid to speak their mind…but also are eager to listen.
We need saints who strive to be humble servants of the truth, whether they like it or not and whether it’s trendy or not.
Saints who are searching, who are at times secure and confident and at other times lost and confused.
We need saints who have been on the brink of despair that comes with loss and abandonment and saints who have experienced the restful peace that comes with being held in the palm of His hand.
We need saints who live in reality, who know themselves. Saints who do not downplay their strengths or exaggerate their weaknesses so as to be “humble” but see themselves as they truly are. Saints who are not afraid to step up when they can and not afraid to ask for help when they need it.
Saints who often curse but more often confess, saints who are sinners but are not defined by it because they know the mercy of the Father.
We need saints who fall…constantly. But know that God will always pick them back up.
We need saints who are terrified to let go and trust but even MORE terrified never try.
We need saints who surrender (sometimes with peaceful joy and sometimes only after they fight, kick and scream).
We need saints who describe their spiritual journey as “a bit of a doozy”
We need saints who finally give in and completely submit to everything life hands them…not in an attitude of defeat or despair…but who live everyday with the knowledge that no matter what life hands them, they are unconditionally loved, uniquely, deeply and truly, by God. And who know that nothing–no amount of suffering or anguish–can take away the joy that comes with fully realizing that truth.