Over 25 years ago, I wrote a book, Saints and Seasons, containing a short rèsumè of over 85 saints that we celebrate in the daily liturgies. Often, I scan the names of those saints in the table of contents, thinking of when and where they lived and what they did. They all died after living unique and holy lives and are now canonized, church-designated as in heaven. I have written another list of saints, not published in any book. These are people I have known personally who have died after living holy and inspiring lives of faith in Jesus. This group consists of family, teachers, clergy, religious sisters and many parishioners I have known from being the pastor in a number of churches. I have my own, private criteria as guidelines for those who qualify to make my saint list. At this time, they number 37. Occasionally, I remember another individual who should be on my roster. On All Saints Day and every day, I revere all the saints who have impressed and inspired me to live a better life.
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