For All The Saints by Ann Walker
From my earliest days in Church, I remember singing the following words:
“For all the saints who from their labors rest,
Who thee by faith before the world confessed,
Your name, Oh Jesus, be forever blest.
While singing, I often wondered what it might be like to be a Saint. I appreciate things more now that I am older. I am in awe that the Saints lived so selflessly.
From their labors rest:
I picture many Saints doing things to help others. They reached out to help people where others might have walked away. They helped even when they were tired. I can do that!
By faith before the world confessed:
It can be difficult to stand up for beliefs especially when people have such varying views. I don’t want to offend anyone by my self-righteousness. Does it hurt to start small and plant a small seed? Maybe we can confess our faith by our works. That wouldn’t be preaching but would be a good example. I can do that!
Jesus’ name is forever blest:
A deep love for Jesus can grow even more by participating in workshops that the church offers…or prayer groups…or study groups…or by finding some good books to read and learn more. I can do that!
I have lots of them. I always liked Saint Anne because she is my namesake. St. Anthony helped me to find lost items. Saint Francis shared my love of animals. Pope Saint John Paul II had a welcoming smile that made me want to have a love for God like he did. Saint Therese of the Little Flower reminds me of my Grandmother who always prayed to her. My sister took my family to the Padre Pio Shrine, so Saint Pio became a family favorite. My father prayed to Saint Joseph all of the time, and he has the most beautiful statue of him! I could go on and on. I’ve prayed to a lot of Saints, and I know there are many I don't even know about. I have a thirst to learn more. I can do that!
Life isn’t always easy, but if we take a little time to try to live our lives like the Saints—by even trying one thing each day—just think how much closer we can get to God! I can do that!
- By Ann Walker
I don’t know how I forgot to mention St. Padre Pio in the original blog! So, I added him! He is a family favorite. It is wonderful that there are so many Saints to look up to and pray to…and yes, Mary too!
The feast of All Saints is very special to me. I have so many Saints that I pray to, but one of my all time is St Padre Pio along with St Pope JohnPaul, st Gianna Molla, St Francis and St Clair of Assisi, St Cecelia and of course Our Blessed Lady.