Saints of the
New Millennium
Faith stories of ordinary Catholics in Asia

"Do not be afraid to be the saints of the new millennium!" -- St. John Paul II

Many Christians think of saints as extraordinary people who are capable of superpowers ranging from the frankly incredible (St. Denis walked several kilometers from his place of martyrdom while carrying his still-preaching head) to the ridiculously jejune (St. Frances Cabrini helps find parking spaces in New York).

Saints are, indeed, extraordinary people capable of extraordinary things.

However, they are not unlike the rest of us. In fact, they are us.

St. Paul in his letters and in the letters written in his name refers to us followers of Christ again and again as saints. He is not unique in doing so in Scripture.

November begins with the Feast of All Saints. That month in 2023 marked the beginning of a new UCA News series, Saints of the New Millennium, profiling some of Asia’s saints, “ordinary” people who try to live faithfully amid the demands of life in our time.

Perhaps the closest they will ever come to fame will be in your reading about them in UCA News. But they are saints for today. Let their example challenge and encourage you to live your own sainthood.

William Grimm

William J. Grimm
Publisher
UCA News

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