Saint Rosa

(February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005)

Endurance that allows us to rejoice in our suffering can never be described by Christians as an individual achievement, not only because it follows from a gift, but also because it is the endurance of a whole people committed to remembering the saints. From the saints we learn how to be steadfast in the face of adversity. By remembering them we become members of a community and history that gives us the power to prevail. Of course, the saints make no sense apart from the life and death of Jesus of Nazareth. The memory of them, therefore, derives its power from the memory of Him, whom we celebrate in a meal, a meal that offers us the opportunity to share together in His calling. The saints’ faithfulness to this calling is concrete demonstration that by Jesus’ resurrection a people is formed who can sustain the virtues necessary to remember His death. As we sustain that memory, Christians receive the power to make our deaths our own by learning to endure

Stanley Hauerwas and Charles Pinches, Christians Among The Virtues. p.124


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