Hopefully we've all encountered special people in our lives who have helped us along the way, by their actions, by their prayer, by their example, or in some other way, to want to become better people ourselves. We have the examples of holiness in Church history, the example of Our Lady and St. Joseph, and of course Our Lord and Savior Jesus, and we can have their presence in our daily lives. We have the apostles, the many great canonized saints, the beatified blessed, and the venerable whose cause for canonization has been started. But who are the saints who may never be canonized, the ordinary people who made an extraordinary impact in your life and the lives of those they touched?
The question here is: Who is/are the person(s) in your life who you consider a saint? (Of course we don't presume them to be saints, so we pray for them.)
The loss of such a person can be very difficult. But we can turn to the words of St. Paul for comfort: "What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, and what has not entered the human heart, what God has prepared for those who love him" 1 Corinthians 2: 9
It can be a "living" saint, or someone who has passed. Is it a parent or both parents, a grandparent, a child, a friend, an aunt or uncle, a member of the clergy, or a holy person you've encountered along the way? If you feel so inclined to share their story, please do.