Today is All Saints Day, the day Catholics throughout the world celebrate the martyred saints that have come before us with a magnificent feast. Each saint has their own feast day but this day celebrates all saints, known or unknown. Some people may think that a saint’s life is unattainable and that they were “perfect” people but that is far from the truth… there are so many saints and they come from various walks of life. To me, this is one of the best examples of the diversity of saints in scripture:
“After this I had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue. They stood before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands…. [One of the elders] said to me, ‘These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb’” (Revelation 7:9-14)
As an adult, I’ve started to understand the tremendous importance of the saints and have spiritually grown closer to a few of them in particular. Since I was a little girl, my grandmother made sure I was raised with a love for the Queen of Saints, our Blessed Mother Mary. Her grace and persistent faith have always inspired me and we often pray for her intercession. Another one of my favorite saints is St. Elizabeth Ann Seton due to her devotion to the Virgin Mary and progressive vision for education. So, today I celebrate these courageous women plus many many other saints that have come before us and thank them for their spiritual examples.