PATRON SAINT SERIES: Issue 4
Written for The Catholic Professional
Who would have imagined believing and living simple truths and leading a good, wholesome life could be countercultural and heroic? Yet that is where we are, and we need not be afraid. We are not alone, for Jesus and the saints have gone before us and called us to become "no longer strangers and sojourners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God.” (Eph 2:19) Most importantly, “We know that in everything God works for the good of those who love him, who are called according to his purpose.” (Rom 8:28)
As noted in a quote from St. Josemaría Escrivá, one of the featured saints in this article:
To love and serve God, there is no need to do anything strange or unusual… Sanctity, for the vast majority of people, implies sanctifying their work, sanctifying themselves in it, and sanctifying others through it. Thus, they can encounter God in the course of their daily lives. (What is the attraction of Opus Dei, Conversations)
This is a calling to be like the saints, living a credible Christian life with knowledge of Scripture and in union with the Doctrines and Traditions of the Catholic Church. “In order that the message of salvation can show the power of its truth and radiance before men, it must be authenticated by the witness of the life of Christians.” (CCC 2044) When truth is spoken and genuinely lived with love, we need not fear becoming a “noisy gong or clanging cymbal," which critics may wish us to believe. (1 Cor 13:1)
Cristofer Pereyra and Erin Monnin, in their book, Catholic Leadership for Civil Society, write:
Imagine what the world would be like if we had more influential doctors, engineers, business owners, accountants, politicians, police officers, entertainers, etc. who were also faithful and committed Catholics. What would the world be if these laity, relying on the grace of their Baptisms and Confirmations, intentionally used their talents and meritocratically-earned positions to influence the world for Christ? Imagine how much good the laity would bring to society if we only made it a priority to use our Catholic faith as the compass in our professional work and careers.