Now that football has returned to the television, many commentators give very interesting breakdowns of the game so that neophytes like me can understand the intricacies of the strategy. Just playing the professional game is an accomplishment, but a few rise above this to be inducted into the hall of fame. They do so because of their accomplishment on the field. They are the best of the best, and are enshrined in a Hall of Fame.
This morning at 2:30 a.m., I had a short Lectio Divina about those people who are in God’s Hall of Fame. We call them Saints (upper case S) because all of them were sinners, but all of them overcame their challenges to love God with all their hearts. their minds, and their strength, and to love their neighbors as themselves. From the earliest times, the Church Universal has honored those who were martyred as worthy of our veneration (not adoration). We developed a Canon of Saints which we use today to pray to Christ that we might love him as the individual Saint did. Saints are proclaimed by the Church Universal as being in God’s Hall of Fame. The rest of us are saints (lower case s) and reach the fulfillment of our humanity by being heirs of the Kingdom of Heaven and God’s adopted sons and daughters.
Look up this resource in Butler’s Lives of the Saints. There are multiple saints for each day of the year. https://www.bartleby.com/210/2/ Here is our heritage as it comes down through the centuries.
All of us, Saints and saints, give glory and praise to the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. The God who is, who was, and who is to come at the end of the ages. Amen and Amen -Cistercian doxology