By Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond
Dear Young Church:
Very soon we will be celebrating All Saints’ Day. We will remember the saints who are so popular among us, for example, Mary and Joseph, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Peter Claver, St. Mary Magdalene, St. Rita – the list goes on and on.
On All Saints’ Day we also remember those whom we have lived with and whom we have known who have been called home to the kingdom of God and now see God face to face in heaven.
Whether they are the saints of old or the saints of today, they give us an example of how to be a faith-filled disciple of the Lord Jesus.
Please remember that you and I are called to be saints. We are called to spend time every day in prayer with Jesus, our brother. We are called to receive him at Mass on Sunday through the Eucharist, and we are called to follow his way of life. He has told us that he is the way, the truth and the life. By following him and being rooted in prayer with him, we prepare to become saints.
Even at a young age, we must realize that our lives on earth are not forever. We live this life as we grow in a personal relationship with Jesus and with our families and friends in order that we may someday be called to the kingdom of heaven.
Let us pray for one another that we can truly be saints.
Pope Francis reminds us that all saints have a past that embraced sin. He goes on to say all sinners have a future that calls them to conversion and new life. All human beings have weaknesses and sin, but in facing these and overcoming them, we can become the saints of today and tomorrow.
Happy All Saints’ Day!
A Brother in Christ, Most Rev. Gregory M. Aymond, Archbishop of New Orleans