SAINTS FROM BOTH EXTREMES
by Jojo Monis on Monday, November 1, 2010 at 9:33am
The diversity of ways by which the saints lived is a testament to the richness of the Church and splendor of Christian life.
Among the saints, we have St. Thomas Aquinas, one of the brightest minds that ever lived; we also have the Cure d’Ars who struggled in his seminary studies.
Among the saints, we have St. Vincent de Paul who ministered in the city; we also have St. Anthony who found sanctity in the desert.
We have St. Bernard of Clairvaux, a mystic, who practiced penance and mortification in a monastery; we also have St. Hildegard of Bingen, also a mystic, who was not shy about singing, and throwing flowers in praising God.
We have St. Augustine of Hippo who spent much of his youth in pursuit of worldly joys; we also have St. Dominic Savio, renowned in holiness though he only reached the age of 14.
We have St. Peter, a simple fisherman; and St. Edith Stein, a sophisticated intellectual working alongside Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger, great philosophers of modern times.
We have St. Joan of Arc, who led an army; and St. Francis of Assissi, a man of peace.
We have the irascible St. Jerome (he was known to have not a few quarrels, even with some of his contemporary saints); and the almost too sweet St. Therese de Lisieux.
We have St. Catherine of Siena, who stood up to popes; and Pope St. Celestine V, who abdicated the papacy to go back to monastic solitude.
We have St. Bruno, grave and serious; and St. Philip Neri, who made a spirituality based on laughter.
(Borrowed liberally from Fr. Robert Barron)