So, Pope Francis just said this at World Youth Day. I think it’s lovely and the only thing that I wish he WOULD have said was that the world needs saints with tattoos. In fact, he probably meant to say it. Yeah.. I’m pretty sure he just forgot.
“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 their friends. We need saints that place God in first place ahead of succeeding in any career. We need saints that 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 for 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, theatre. 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.
I don’t know that when I’m dead and gone I’ll ever have a “St.” that precedes my name but it doesn’t mean I can’t try.