Friday, November 1, 2013
From the outside, fifth century Saint Alexius of Rome is not a likely candidate for sainthood. He fled his own wedding; became a homeless man whose appearance was so changed that when he returned to Rome 17 years after he left, his own family never recognized him. He spent the rest of his life living beneath the stairs of a Christian family, praying and teaching catechism to children.
But the fact is, he fled the wedding in the first place because he was being forced into it. What he really wanted was to live a simple, religious life. And in his own way, that's what he did. People called him "the Man of God", but he wanted no part of their adulation or titles. He came back to Rome in fact to flee the growing interest in him.
When he died, writing was found on his body that told who he really was and what he had done with his life.
We see homeless people every day. And at best we look on them with pity and concern. But who knows? Maybe some of them are the unseen saints among us, following their own path to a good life.
Posted by Jim McD at 1:34 PM