Watch the Saints!

Philippians 3:17
Brethren, join in imitating me, and mark those who so live as you have an example in us.

It would be nice if we were all so cerebral that we could just read the Bible and instantly know how to put it into practice.  But the reality is, we are primates whom God has graced to share in His life.  “Rational animals” is the term St. Thomas used.  And so, like animals, we learn not just from abstraction but by “monkey see, monkey do.”  Tell us about “unconditional love” and discuss the disembodied philosophical ramifications and we might get it, if we’re of a philosophical bent and cleverer than usual.  Show us that love in a Mother Teresa cleaning the dung from a dying man’s body or in Christ Crucified, nailed to a cross for our sins and we can see it – and imitate it.  That is why St. Paul speaks of his glorious inheritance “in the saints.”  They are some of God’s brightest windows into the mystery of the Incarnation.  Imitate them as they imitate Christ.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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