Step #1: Lectio / Read
Click the link below or open your Bible to the passage and read through the reading at least once, paying attention to what is happening in the text.
Step #2: Meditatio / Meditate
Use the following meditation to help you reflect more deeply on the Scripture (you may want to read the passage again).
Happy Solemnity of All Saints!
At the conclusion of a recent baptism a man approached me and asked why I prayed for the intercession of St. Mary Magdalene. He thought it was crazy that we would ask for the help of someone who was known to be a great sinner. There is an important lesson in this inquiry. With the exception of our Blessed Mother Mary, all the saints were once sinners. For every sin out there, there is a saint who struggled with it. This gives us hope!
Francis was worldly and sought fame; Monica was a lush; Dismas was a thief; Augustine was sexually immoral; Saul killed many people before he became the great Apostle Paul; Thomas Becket was caught up in his wealth and cold-hearted towards others; Bartolo Longo was a former Satanist; Mary of Egypt was promiscuous, and Mary Magdalene was also known to be wild. We can find struggle with sin in the lives all the saints, yet the beautiful part of their story is that they allowed God to help them, they never gave up, and they were transformed. They discovered their calling, like us, they are “children of God.”
As we celebrate All Saints day, remember God loves His sons and daughters and desires we all reach the heights of holiness! May we know of the presence and prayers of the saints, and may their great example lend us courage to do what is good and true. With God’s help our struggles will also lead us to sainthood.
Step #3: Oratio / Pray
These questions are to be used to talk to God; have a conversation with the Lord about these questions and what is going on in your heart as you pray today.
Who is a saint you look up to?
How do we learn from saints pasts?
How are you striving for sainthood?
Step #4: Contemplatio / Contemplate
In this step, you listen. Stop talking, let God speak to your heart. You may repeat one of these short phrases to focus your mind on the Lord.
"I want to be a saint."
"Sinner to saint."
"Striving for sainthood."
Step #5: Actio / Act
In light of today's reading and your time spent in prayer with the Lord, what concrete action or actions will you take to let this encounter with the Lord bear fruit in you today?
Who is a saint you know little about? Make a point to learn about them today and then ask for their help as you strive for sainthood.
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Today's prayer was prepared by Fr. John McNamara, priest of the Diocese of Rockford.
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