Poem/Quote: A favorite, from Pope John Paul II. We need saints who wear jeans, tennis shoes, go to the movies...
I would like to share a poem I read, which was inspired by Pope John Paul II who called on the youth to become Saints. I have yet to pinpoint when and where this quote from JPII came from, but I learned about it when in Brazil and the text is found online in Portuguese. Here is one of the best translations.
We Need Saints
We need saints without veil or cassock.
We need saints who wear jeans and sneakers.
We need saints who go to the movies,
listen to music and hang out with friends.
We need saints who put God in first place,
but who let go of their power.
We need saints who have time everyday to pray
and who know how to date in purity and chastity,
or who consecrate their chastity.
We need modern saints, Saints of the 21st century
with a spirituality that is part of our time.
We need saints committed to the poor
and the necessary social changes.
We need saints who live in the world and who are sanctified in the world,
who are not afraid to live in the world.
We need saints who drink Coke and eat hot dogs, who wear jeans,
who are Internet-savvy, who listen to CDs.
We need saints who passionately love the Eucharist
and who are not ashamed to drink a soda or eat pizza on weekends with friends.
We need saints who like movies, the theater, music, dance, sports.
We need saints who are social, open, normal,
friendly, happy and who are good companions.
We need saints who are in the world
and know how to taste the pure and nice things of the world
but who aren’t of the world.
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