Every saint has a past and every sinner

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What does that mean? This quote states that everyone who has been declared a Saint was, at one time, something less than saintly. This is a.

“Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.”

One never knows where inspiration will strike. As someone who looks for moments of the Divine outside its traditional milieu, I try to stay alert for such things, but at times even I get caught off guard. I was heading towards the checkout line at the local Acme when I noticed the young woman standing in front of me. Her tank top revealed a multitude of tattoos, none of which were very good. Yet as I was about to squinch up my nose in displeasure, I noticed the tattoo on her shoulder.

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One of my patients has a favourite T-shirt which he often wears to consultations with me. Every sinner has a future. But, just in case I have to live with them again, the story I am going to tell you is about the latter…. Now, you may know this already, but it is actually quite rare for anyone to listen to a homily all the way through. It is more rare for anyone to remember anything of it long after it has been given. At 16, he started taking drugs. By age 22, his life seemed to be completely destroyed.

Did you have a reputation in the past? We all have a future, however dubious our past may have been. What does that mean? This quote states that everyone who has been declared a Saint was, at one time, something less than saintly. This is a word of encouragement, that every person who has been made a saint was once a normal person like the rest of us, that no one is born into sainthood. It also states the same thing, in reverse, saying that everyone who is now a sinner that would, by standard Christian theology, be everyone has an opportunity to become a better person. By inference, you might even think that sainthood was possible for a handful of us.

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