St. Mary’s Catholic Church

Dear Friends in Christ, At the end of the book The Woman who was Poor, the French writer Léon Bloy quips, “The only real sadness, the only real failure, the only great tragedy in life, is not to become a saint.” We just celebrated All Saints Day, and it's one of my favorite solemnities throughout the liturgical year. We celebrate not just a specific saint, but all of the holy ones, the great cloud of witnesses, who show us that saints do not come from a cookie cutter mold, but instead come in all shapes and sizes. All Saints Day also reminds us that all Christians, all people are meant to be saints. The Second Vatican Council referred to this as the universal call to holiness. Holiness isn't meant for just a few people; holiness is for everyone. It would be easy to think that holiness isn't possible or that holiness “isn't for me,” yet the saints show us that God's grace is able to transform even the worst sinners into the greatest saints. Wanting us to lead lives of…

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