The Ordinariness of Sainthood

"I thought of St. Peter and his bold witness to the Truth that led him to crucifixion and me to the Church that I call home. I thought of Pope Gregory XI returning to the papacy to Rome after almost seventy years in Avignon because of St. Catherine of Siena’s fierce docility to the Holy Spirit. I thought of Pope St. John Paul II and all the time he spent praying in the churches I wandered in and out of every day, or St. Teresa of Calcutta walking through the same square to attend Mass at St. Peter’s. I thought of St. Therese, who walked the same streets on a pilgrimage with her family at age 15 as she discerned her vocation to join the Carmelites."

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