The Missing Lay Saints

It’s always interesting, even exciting, to see up and coming causes of people who will one day soon, in all likelihood, be recognized as saints of the Church.  (See the new list above.) 

To me, it represents ongoing acknowledgment that God continues to raise up saints, and the Church’s continuing challenge to each of us to live up to our own calls to holiness (which we have by the fact of our baptism) by offering these beautiful examples of what it looks like when it’s done well.  We should all rejoice in the holiness of any and every member of the Body of Christ and share, in a sense, in the victory of grace achieved in them.

On the other hand, I notice with some disappointment that this new list of nine up-and-comings includes 1 bishop, 3 priests, 2 consecrated religious brothers, 3 consecrated religious sisters, and 0 laypeople.

Hopefully, there will come a day when seeing lay people on a list like this will be an ordinary thing.  Considering the fact that most Christians throughout history, after all, have been laypeople, one would expect a very healthy proportion of our saints to be lay as well.  (Given  the proportions, in fact, one would expect such a list usually to be populated with laypeople, with the occasional priest or nun thrown in.)  Unfortunately, that has not been these case, though some notable efforts are slowly being made to correct that.

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One Response to “The Missing Lay Saints”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    I also don’t like it that most of the saints are ITALIAN and SPANISH. Not discriminating but it seems unfair for people from different nationalities.

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