Sunday, November 02, 2008

The Feast of All Saints

"All Saints II" by Wassily Kandinsky

A saint is not a superman, but one who discovers and lives his truth as a liturgical being. ...It is not enough to say prayers; one must become, be prayer, prayer incarnate. It is not enough to have moments of praise. All of life, each act, every gesture, even the smile of the human face, must become a hymn of adoration, an offering, a prayer. One should offer not what one has, but what one is.

~Paul Evdokimov, quoted in Living Icons: Persons of Faith in the Eastern Church by Michael Plekon

The saint will no longer be characterized by extraordinary behavior (as the historian, say, understands it); he will no longer appear to the world as separated from his fellow men or above them. On the contrary, he will be doing the same thing as everyone else: what needs to be done, what is right and just. But he will join to his behavior a purity of intention more and more deeply united to a great love of God; more and more detached from selfishness and self-satisfaction.

~Romano Guardini, The Saints in Daily Christian Life


Bonita said...

Great quotes, Jeanne. Thanks for sharing. Did you read Margie's blog yet with John's homily he wrote 3 years ago for All Saints'? Amazing!

Melinda said...

I love the quote from Romano Guardini. This is something we all need to aspire to in our daily Christian lives, in spite of all the worldly distractions.