Today is All Saints Day, the day we remember the people who have shared life with us and taught by example the real possibility of a Christ-led life. Each of us can, with a little effort, think of a handful of people we have seen as saints.
Vernon was a saint in my life. He was joyful and generous. His heart and hands were always ready to help a neighbor in need. Like all saints among us, Vernon would be puzzled that anyone might consider him saintly in any way. Humility and simplicity are common traits of everyday saints.
Naming the saints in our lives is a powerful way to consider how we can day by day shape our lives to walk in a similar path. Mary and Marvel, Jeff and Jim. These are names that come to my mind. Some are gone. Some are still with us. Today is a day remember, be grateful and follow their examples.