About 2,000 years of history and you can read about these people of all sorts of ages who are recognized as saints. The young and the old who have followed Christ and been examples of Christian charity.
And today, they are not only found in books, but in our midst. I was reminded of this as I attended Meg’s Cotillion Day in Fairfield. Many who spoke of her testified that her Christian love and friendship led them to a deeper love for Christ. And that is a vocation which we all embrace, a vocation to be the presence of Christ in the world.
DAY 2 of our Novena to Saint Anne emphasized the vocation to love. We can go through life being the greatest singers, musicians, writers, doctors, students, etc. but if we have not loved than we are simply nothing (cf. 1 Corinthians 13). Father Patrick concluded his homily by stating that we are not only challenged to love others, but we are mandated to allow ourselves to be loved.
On this cold summer morning in the Sunset District of San Francisco hundreds make there way to this beacon of light to pray with Good Saint Anne. We pray to renew our friendship with God, to grow in holiness, and to be the light of Christ breaking through the darkness in the everyday world. On this cold winter day in San Francisco, that sounds like a good idea!