a saint by grace

A statue of a Saint in an English church. The word "saint" comes from Latin "sanctus." Nowadays a saint tends to mean a person who is really good—someone with an exemplary character. Way back in the day though, the people we now regard as saints were not always really good - they had their issues and were pretty flawed - most of them seem to have known and struggled with that fact. Sometimes I think churches are done a disservice by their focus on Saints, because this focus makes it seem that churches are for people who think that they have arrived at a state of goodness all by themselves, when my understanding is that churches are actually places for people who realise that this is not so.

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