These days, when I hear the stories of the outlandish behavior of the saints, the crazy ideas, the bucking of “the way we’ve always done it”, and the harrumphing criticism of the Wise Ones of their day who never recognized the sanctity in their midst, I think of the harrumphing critics of today and the objects of their criticism.
Certainly sometimes a tradition-bucking crank is just a crank and not a future saint. But sometimes the method to his madness will only be evident in the long run. Who’d ever thought that weird son of Bernadone who stripped naked in front of everyone and started hanging out with his weird friends and begging in the streets would end up being one of the greatest saints of all time?
Just because you can’t see the saint doesn’t mean, he or she isn’t there.
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