Posted by: Joe of St. Thérèse | September 25, 2007

We devote ourselves to the Saints

What does it mean to be devoted to the Saints? What does it mean when we concerate ourselves to the IHM (that’s Immaculate Heart of Mary). That’s what I’m going to talk about to day.
The most important thing that Vatican II talked about was our call to holiness. That all of us are called to be canonized Saints.
It’s often said, the best way to teach is by example. The reason for this is so that we’re able to follow what is done.
We all have heros, or people that we look up to.
For me, I wanted to be a baseball player when I was younger. Who did I look up to? I looked up to Ken Griffey, Jr. and to try and follow his example of getting to the major leauges. Now obviously I didn’t make it to the majors, (well, a few freak injuries, and the fact that I wasn’t that good helped in this)
Similarly in Catholic Theology, in our strive for holiness, we look to the examples of the Saints as living the Christian faith.
We want to live out their example, because we want to live endo Christo (which is latin for like Christ by the way)…We ask for their prayers, for them to pray for us and with us, and to help us. (Their helping us, was already discussed in the by the grace of God one)
The saying is imitation is the sincerest form of flattery…This is very true.
Next thing you’re going to tell me this practice is not in Scripture, oh how wrong you are. 🙂
1 Cor 4:16 states: Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me, as I also am of Christ.
Here St. Paul is telling us to imitate him. Why, because he is an imitator of Christ (endo Christo). Following his example, is definately a premitted practice.
James 5:10-11: Take, my brethren, for an example of suffering evil, of labour and patience, the prophets, who spoke in the name of the Lord. Behold, we account them blessed who have endured. You have heard of the patience of Job, and you have seen the end of the Lord, that the Lord is merciful and compassionate.
Here, St. James is telling us to take example in Job. (The guy that everything can go wrong, will go wrong happened to, but he maintained his faith despite all that happened to him). Similarly we look to the saints as examples of paitence, such as St. Vibianna an early martyr, or St. Thomas More, who was also martyred during the reign of King Henry VIII
If we can not look up to the saints, then you should not look up to humans, because that is then idolorus, which of course you’re not accused of worshipping anyone, for looking to them as an example 🙂
To concecrate yourself means to devote yourself, to follow in the example.to dedicate ourselves to something 🙂
Amen!

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