Yes, there have always been remarkable people on Earth, souls among us whose work and presence changes those they meet for the better. They show us how to claim the joy each one of us is meant to experience in our lives.
Given the dreadful state of our planet — so deeply in need of our love and reverence and care-taking — I tend to think of the remarkable people I hear about now as saints, though they would never accept the word for themselves.
Dr. Jane Goodall is one of these people, for her dedication and integrity toward sustaining this earth and all its creatures is profound.
Fred Rogers was one, and still is, for his spiritual outlook infuses us when crises happen in the world, even now.
JK Rowling has inspired the love of reading for millions of children, giving children a passionate desire to learn.
Eckhart Tolle has written a book that has inspired people to trust in their capacity for inner change and transformation, and so to help us all enter into a higher frequency of love and peace.
These remarkable people live within their work, grounded and transcendent at once.
But there are so many more, people who may not have public acclaim and who live quiet lives, yet who are without question doing God’s work. They reveal a state of mind and heart centered on the desire for peaceful cooperation and mutual benefit. They, too, are saints.
Such people are in every walk of life, from education to law enforcement to the arts, to speakers on consciousness, to librarians and gardeners, to trash collectors and farmers and bookstore owners, to housewives and accountants, to people who have retired and people who explore the cosmos, to a child with Down’s Syndrome, to a loving parent, to someone who cares about wildlife, to anyone who seeks the betterment of our earth and all the creatures on it.
How do you identify these people? Instantly, we feel their energy is high. We receive from them a sense of their inner willingness to allow love and peace in everything they do and say, even when it all goes sideways for them. We realize they live in an integrity of purpose and though they may never speak of this, their behavior and example show it to us. They possess a compassion beyond words.
Ultimately, they inspire us to be more than we imagined we could be.
THIS is their secret: They all reveal the feeling of joy that is in us, for we in turn recognize it in them.
I honor those who seek to help others and this world. You are likely one of them in your own unique way, even if you don’t know it, or you wouldn’t be reading this article.
And the truth of it is, we need as many saints as are willing to walk among us, now — more than ever.