MANILA, Nov. 1, 2014 — Despite stories of miracles, levitation and extraordinary charisma, a priest reminds the faithful that saints were “ordinary people” and that holiness is ultimately about love.
“The saints were ordinary people like you and me who lived their lives loving their neighbors the way they loved God. This made them extraordinary,” Fr. Alberto Cahilig, OMI, parish priest and rector of the Diocesan Shrine and Parish Church of Our Lady of Grace in Grace Park, Caloocan City, said.
In a Mass following the parish’s “March of Saints” event on Oct. 26, the priest called on the faithful to “do ordinary things extraordinarily with love.”
“[Extraordinary loving] is how we become saints. You don’t have to be beautiful or famous to be a saint. Do simple things in an extraordinary way,” he said.
Cahilig also reminded the faithful of the Gospel reading about the greatest commandment “to love God with all our being and our neighbor as ourselves.”
The Oblate priest also told “March of Saints” participants that “by dressing up like the saints, we all follow their examples who also followed Christ with their whole hearts.”
The “March of the Saints”, which aimed to counter the prevailing custom of having kids dress up as vampires and ghouls on Halloween, started at 8:00 a.m. and went around the territorial jurisdiction of the parish.
The “saints” were seated at the front pews before the Mass started and were formally acknowledged after the Mass. (CBCP News/Rommel Lopez)