Tuesday, September 6, 2016
To believe in the Saints
Not that I reject their beliefs or unbeliefs in God or about God, but what sets apart the Orthodox Catholic Christian from others is, not that we believe in God, but that we believe in the Saints, that we believe that they are alive, even more alive than ourselves, that we believe they are present with us always, even as Jesus is, who says ‘lo, I am with you till the end of the age,’ that we believe in their help, their love, their presence, their example, and that we expect their resurrection with our own.
Anyone can believe in God, and most do, because conscious existence is proven by reason, just as nature is proven by science, to be reflections and creations, respectively, of the Mind upon which the mind of man is modeled. But to believe in the Saints is more difficult, because that is a belief in something and someone who is not always invisible or ancient or far away. To believe in the Saints requires that we believe in people, in each other, even as we see them, even in ourselves.
Yes, to really believe, and accept, ourselves—and all that must follow from that—is what sets the Orthodox Catholic apart from others, to believe in the Saints.
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