Later in the week, Salt & Light will air this documentary on Saint Anthony Padua. It’s easy for us to think that saints were perfect people. We would be mistaken if that’s what we really thought. Holiness is for those who lived out their lives the best they could with God’s grace, walking in the light of the Beatitudes.
In his homily this morning in Rome, Pope Francis preached of how it is not enough to simply carry out the Beatitudes as if they were a bucket list of things to do in this life. His living predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, called the Beatitudes the portrait of the face of Christ; therefore, if it is the portrait of Christ, we must remain open to Christ and the Holy Spirit. The Bishop of Rome spoke of how the Holy Spirit brings salvation to us and many times we can be afraid of salvation because it means that we must give over everything to Jesus and let him be in charge. That is difficult for us because we want to be in charge of our lives.
As we begin another week, hopefully the lives of the canonical saints and those we meet everyday will help us realize that betting our cards on Jesus is the only way to go. We dare to taste & see God’s goodness in our lives today.