Ordinary Saint

“…they were saints in the most effective and telling way: sanctified by leading ordinary lives in a completely supernatural manner, sanctified by obscurity, by usual skills, by common tasks, by routine, but skills, tasks, routine which received a supernatural form from grace within, and from the habitual union of their souls with God in deep faith and charity.” Thomas Merton, The Seven Storey Mountain

Can this be said of us?

I want this…or maybe I don’t.

I suppose I want the spectacular. I don’t want to be ordinary.

Perhaps I should say that I want, to want this. The ordinary is the place where we learn the most about ourselves and our God. It is in the ordinary that we can truly understand how extraordinary our God really is. Perhaps this is why we long so much for the spectacular, or the extraordinary, because deep down it is really a longing for God.

May I strive to be an ‘ordinary saint’…Sanctified in obscurity.


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