Saints

Saints are made by God not because of the churches they belong to but despite those same churches rife with prejudice, ethnic and social pride, pride in spiritual matters, and all manner of venial and mortal sins never addressed–and so never forgiven.
There are saints from the Latin Rite of the Body of Christ, saints from the Orthodox rites, and saints also from the wide world of the Protestant. There is no need to name them. You know them. They have written holy books, you have spoken to them personally, and many of them pray for you from both earthly and heavenly places. They are orthodox, heterodox, strange, and even unruly in light of the constricting rules of fallen man. Yet, they serve God rather than men, and because of their burning love for Jesus, they are known by God, raised up by God, and healed of every sickness of spirit, healed and made saints, made perfect reflections of Jesus. We know them by their love and their fruits.
Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.’
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