gramma-etta

(Grave of Henrietta Houghton Dawson, my great-great-grandmother, Caldwell, KS)

All Saints Day

Who are the saints?

the ones we love and remember

the ones we don’t remember any more

the ones known only to God

Those who are blessed

We strive to be saints, at least we say so

(I sing a song of the saints of God)

Yesterday, your child Pope Francis preached us this:

Six new beatitudes for the modern era:

“Blessed are those who remain faithful while enduring evils inflicted on them by others, and forgive them from their heart;
“Blessed are those who look into the eyes of the abandoned and marginalized, and show them their closeness;
“Blessed are those who see God in every person, and strive to make others also discover him;
“Blessed are those who protect and care for our common home;
“Blessed are those who renounce their own comfort in order to help others;
“Blessed are those who pray and work for full communion between Christians.”

All those who enact the six items “are messengers of God’s mercy and tenderness, and surely they will receive from him their merited reward.”

May we be your saints

all days, in all ways

Amen.

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Mary Beth Butler is an Episcopal layperson in North Texas. She is a retired university administrator, paving contractor, and occasional blogger.

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