by Fr. Ron Will, St. Francis Xavier Parish, St. Joseph, Missouri
On November 1st we celebrated the Feast of All Saints at St. Francis Xavier with our fourth grade school children coming to Mass dressed as their favorite Saint. After Mass, they formed a “Living Saints Museum” where the rest of the school and parents were invited to personally meet the Saints one-on-one and interview them about their life. As Pope Francis said during a homily: “The saints are not supermen, nor were they born perfect. They are like us, like each one of us. They are people who, before reaching the glory of heaven, lived normal lives with joys and sorrows, struggles, and hopes. What changed their lives? When they recognized God’s love, they followed it with all their heart without reserve or hypocrisy. They spent their lives serving others. They endured suffering and adversity without hatred and responded to evil with good, spreading joy and peace. This is the life of a saint.” It was a great learning experience for both our “local saints” and the visitors to the Living Museum.