On the feast of All Saints, we honor those men and women who—whether they’ve been canonized or not—have led lives of heroic virtue that set an example for all Christians. Saints are big dreamers. They believe that with God on their side, no one and nothing can stop them. Saints are go-getters. They don’t wait for someone else to do good first; they jump right in. Saints are love-bringers. They try to see Christ in every person and every situation. Saints tell us what matters most in life is not what we earn or own, not the job we have or the people we know. What really matters is how much we love God, others, and ourselves, and how well we show that love in all we do.
Collect Prayer from the solemnity of All Saints
Let us pray today.
Almighty ever-living God,
By whose gift we venerate in one
the merits of all the Saints,
bestow on us, we pray,
through the prayers of so many
an abundance of the reconciliation
for which we earnestly long.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you in the
unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
from Saints and Feast Days, by Sisters of Notre Dame of Chardon, Ohio
Image credit: The Forerunners of Christ with Saints and Martyrs by Fra Angelico, 15th century. Public Domain via Wikimedia.