in your great love
you gave your servant NICHOLAS
a perpetual name for deeds of kindness on land and sea.
Grant that your Church may never cease to work
for the happiness of children,
the safety of sailors,
the relief of the poor
and the help of those who are tossed
by tempests of doubt or grief;
through JESUS CHRIST our LORD,
who lives and reigns with you and the HOLY SPIRIT,
one GOD, now and for ever.
James led the Council at Jerusalem in Acts 15. He helped forge the decision concerning Gentile believers being allowed into the Church as equals to Jewish believers.
Grant, O God, that, following the example of your apostle James the Just, kinsman of our Lord, your Church may give itself continually to prayer and to the reconciliation of all who are at variance and enmity; though Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, on God, now and forever. Amen.
With the flood of self-promotion, self-branding, social marketing, etc., craze we constantly battle, what gets missed are the true saints.
Between the hollering online over any issue, Baltimore, gay marriage, war, etc., it’s hard to remember there are simply MILLIONS of good people living good lives doing good things… quietly.
A saint has just left us. No one will know her name but her family. She was long gone from our church due to being closer to family members late in life. But she lived a quiet life of faith in the midst of extreme physical struggle and a family that didn’t follow God very well.
The best memory I will have of her is going to visit her in the hospital years ago. When I came in she was reading her Bible. Through her sickness and pain, she looked up and smiled at me. Then she asked me about another member in our church. “I heard she was in the hospital and was just praying for her.”
I will never forget that precious memory. Through her pain she always found joy because she knew the blessed presence of Jesus in the midst of any trial.
Lord, help us be more faithful… and good… in our walk. Let goodness flow from us as we walk well with you.
Andy Crouch has a piece in the Wall Street Journal on saints, and they’re not just for Catholics anymore.
We all have our favorites. We just don’t call them saints.
My patron saint will be Dallas Willard.