~Hebrews 12: 1~2
Today the Church celebrates all the saints of heaven. These holy men and women are one of God's great gift to us. The saints in heaven are our friends and helpers while we remain here in this earthly exile. They pray for us and intercede for us. We can ask them to pray with us. They are also examples for us, as well as signs of hope. It is sometimes easy to forget that many of these men and women did not always live saintly lives. Just pick up a copy of St Augustine's Confessions for proof of this.
One of the things, perhaps the thing that made these men and women saints was their never giving up on the process of conversion. Because they were human, they were also sinful, but they knew and trusted in the abundance of God's mercy. When they fell, they got back up again, and started fresh.
On this feast of All Saints, let us ask our patron saints to pray and intercede for us, so that we may have the courage and the strength to seek God's mercy when we fall.
All you holy men and women, pray for us!