Soup and Saints
On Thursdays during the Lenten season, we do this special event named Soup and Saints. It starts at noon with a lunch of two kinds of soups prepared by two different families each week. While we enjoy our soup we watch a movie about a saint that lasts about an hour or hour and a half. People from different churches and communities attend this event that satiates our physical, spiritual and intellectual hunger.
The Catholic Church believes that saints are ordinary and typical human beings who made it into heaven. In the broader sense, everyone who is now in heaven is technically a saint. Saints are human beings who lived holy lives in obedience to God’s will and are now in heaven for eternity. The classification or title of saint, however, is a spiritual pronouncement that the faithful can be morally certain that this particular person is indeed in heaven; prayers to and from the saint are considered efficacious.
What separated them from those who weren’t given the title is that saints never gave up and never stopped trying to be and do better. Instead of seeing or portraying saints as superheroes, Catholicism wants to present them as just heroes — ordinary people who made it to heaven. They are wonderful examples in our context of life, who went through the similar trials and problems that each one of us is facing, but never gave up. The idea is that if they could do it, so can you.