We Need Saints

Published on Jul 26th, 2013 by Austin Keith | 0

We need saints without cassocks, without veils.
We need saints with jeans and tennis shoes.
We need saints that go to the movies,
that listen to music, that hang out with friends.

We need saints who put God in first place,
ahead of succeeding in any career.
We need saints who look for time to pray every day
and who know how to be in love with purity, chastity,
and all good things.

We need saints, Saints of the 21st century
with a spirituality appropriate to our new time.
We need saints that have a commitment to helping the poor
and to make the needed social change.

We need saints to live in the world,
to sanctify the world
and to not be afraid of living in the world
by their presence in it.

We need saints that drink Coca-Cola, that eat hot dogs,
that surf the internet and that listen to their iPods.
We need saints that love the Eucharist,
that are not afraid or embarrassed to eat a pizza or drink a beer with their friends..

We need saints who love the movies, dance, sports, theater.
We need saints that are open, sociable, normal, happy companions.
We need saints who are in this world
and who know how to enjoy the best in this world without being callous or mundane.

We need saints.
–Pope Francis, World Youth Day 2013, Rio