Faith at Altitude

Religion and spirituality in the shadow of Pikes Peak

Monday, October 16, 2006

All Saints Day

On Sunday, the New Orleans Saints squeaked past the Philadelphia Eagles, 27-24 to go to 5-1.

On Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI canonized four new saints into the faith's growing heavenly club.

Coincidence? Hmmm.

In Catholicism, saints are designed to serve as holy role models: Catholics often turn to the lives of saints to draw inspiration on how to live good, just and godly lives. One saint just canonized, Rosa Venerini, pushed for the education of women back in the 17th century. Another, Bishop Rafael Guizar Valencia, disguised himself as a street vendor to minister to the wounded during the Mexican Revolution.

I'm skeptical as to whether many of today's New Orleans Saints will qualify for real sainthood. But, in their own way, they're inspiring folks in New Orleans with a different sort of faith.


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