Running the race with perseverance doesn’t always involve running. Sometimes, running the race simply means moving forward. St. Joseph certainly did a lot of walking. From Nazareth to Bethlehem to Egypt and back again. He is a model of faith because he keeps walking, even in the dark. So here’s to saying yes to God, to walking and moving forward even if (when?) doors are slammed in your face.
While reading the daily Mass readings on the Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle, I was struck not so much by Saulâ€™s dramatic conversion rather by Ananiasâ€™ faithfulness and obedience. St. Ananias reached out to me so forcefully that I declared him my February Saint of the Month right then. Here’s what he’s teaching me about developing a close relationship with the Lord.
Before I move on from my January saint of the month and share Februaryâ€™s, here are a few thoughts resting on my heart inspired, in part, by St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Itâ€™s a confluence of ideas, of sort — Old Testament figure meets the first American-born saint who then collide with a pop culture icon. Okay, maybe not that dramatic, but work with me here.
Itâ€™s that time of the year when many of us enlist the help of an online saint generator to randomly select a saint who journeys with us throughout the year. Rather than journeying with one random saint this year, Iâ€™ll walk with at least twelve. Think of it as a saint of the month club. My January saint of the month is Elizabeth Ann Seton â€“ daughter, wife, mother, widow, friend and the first American-born saint.