Why would a Protestant care about Catholic saints and blesseds?
It isn’t in the Protestant DNA to get the “saints and blesseds” part. But I sure get the women-following-God’s-call part. I am a woman trying to follow God’s call, and anyone who names the name of Jesus and follows that voice is a sister of mine, no matter which version of Christian faith they profess.
That’s why I’m eating up Sisterhood of Saints, a devotional by my friend Melanie Rigney that summarizes the lives of 366 saints and blesseds and shares an inspirational quote or Scripture and a challenge. The audience is Catholics, of course, so there are references that may mystify Protestant brains. But Melanie discovers the universal, spiritual ideas in each life story so even we Protestants can learn from their examples.
I appreciate how these women lived out their faith. I applaud their achievements in the face of adversity. I can empathize with their failures, because I’ve failed. I deeply admire those who gave their lives rather than renounce the name of Jesus. I wonder what I would do if I ever found myself in similar situations.
What also strikes me is the book’s overall form and concept. How will someone summarize my life after I’m called home? What will they find praiseworthy to remember and carry with them? What spiritual truth will they pull from my walk with God to create their own spiritual places?
All I can do is walk humbly. I would be very proud to stand with these sisters before Jesus, and hopefully they with me.