Archives: All Saints’ Day

For All the Saints of South Africa

This year the gospel text for All Saints’ Day is the Beatitudes, and I’m looking at it a little differently than I have in the past.

Blessed are the poor in spirit, we read.  Blessed are those who mourn, blessed are the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers and the persecuted.

This time around I am thinking of the saints I met in South Africa.

We often think of the saints on All Saints’ Day as the great people of the past.  But it’s important to remember that the great saints of the past are inspiring the saints of today, all around the world.

Let me tell you about a few I met on my trip, and where I find myself. Continue reading