What Saints Are For!

1 Corinthians 11:1
Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ.

If you’ve ever wondered why the Catholic Church canonizes saints, today’s verse gives the basic reason.  We don’t just learn about Christ from looking at Christ.  We learn about Christ from looking at how His Spirit works in the lives of all His holy saints.  “For Christ plays in ten thousand places,/ Lovely in limbs, and lovely in eyes not his/ To the Father through the features of men’s faces” (Gerard Manley Hopkins).

Mark Shea

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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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