I’m not really in a denomination that celebrates saints, but perhaps because of my Catholic roots, I see the value of celebrating a life lived the way Jesus lives.
Apart from St. Patrick (patron saint of the Irish and young minister to pagan Ireland who didn’t care what the Church thought of him), my favorite saint is Mother Teresa.
Perhaps her greatest service, according to Wikipedia, was that
“Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation, which in 2012 consisted of over 4,500 sisters and was active in 133 countries. They run hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy and tuberculosis; soup kitchens; dispensaries and mobile clinics; children’s and family counselling programmes; orphanages; and schools. Members must adhere to the vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience, as well as a fourth vow, to give ‘wholehearted free service to the poorest of the poor.'”
She was active and engaged in the affairs of the human race, just like Jesus.
But, you know, we all have saints in our lives – people who exude kindness and love and healing and service, just like Jesus did – right now. So thank God for them…and thank them.