Saturday, Nov.1, will be the Feast of All Saints. I like to think of this as the day we honor those who are in heaven because they lived courageous, virtuous lives that didn’t get the attention of the official saint-designators of the Church.
Those would include generous, loving parents, grandparents. siblings and little children; kindly friends and mentors; people who lived and died on the missions but whose names are known only to God; chaplains and medical personnel who lived or even lost their lives tending to those injured and ill; and poor persons who died and were buried in the Potter’s Field with only a number to identify them. God knows their names.
And then there are saints whose place with God might come as a surprise. I am sure heaven is full of those I like to call the friends of the good thief, the ones who repented at the last moment of their lives or those who were mentally ill and not morally responsible for their actions.
I have a favorite, whose resting place I pass all the time. As far as I know, his cause for sainthood hasn’t been opened. However, judging from all the times he has responded to my pleas and those of my colleagues to place a favor, a need or a concern before God, I have no doubt that he is in heaven.
Who are your special, unofficial saints? Don’t forget to celebrate them on Saturday.