Flip through any tabloid magazine and you’ll see splashy spreads touting all the ways the rich and famous are just like us! They drink coffee. They have children. They are busy going about their lives. These magazines act like this is information we should care about, and worse, we should emulate. In our celebrity-obsessed culture, it’s not easy to remember what real role models are made of. Instead of People, we should be reading Saints.
Saints are the heroes of the Catholic Church. They stood by their faith with conviction when faced with doubters, exemplify the values and faith we aspire to, and continue to intercede on our behalf. Saints also are great examples of how to evangelize.
St. Isaac Jogues was bullied and beaten, yet still gave himself to God’s work. St. Elizabeth Ann Seton established the first free Catholic school in America. St. Paul found the pen key for spreading the message of Christ. These are just three saints who embraced the call to evangelize, each in their own way.
With the election of Pope Francis and the Church’s call for New Evangelization, we are being called to serve one another in Christ’s name, to be “people for others,” to be like the saints. Saints are the Church’s celebrities, known not for scandals, but for being examples of living with new ardor, methods, and expression—hallmarks of the New Evangelization.
As All Saints Day approaches, reflect and share how we, too, can be shining examples of how to live out our faith.