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#11 Called to Be Saints

Summary:

Elder Porphyrios has been recognized as a saint! Are the rest of us called to be saints, too? 

Questions:

As you watch the episode, consider:

1. What does it mean to be a saint?  What kinds of saints do we have in our Church?

2. Being that we are all called to live saintly lives, how are we able to do this in our day and age?

3. How does Saint Silouan the Athonite describe the saints, and how does he explain sainthood becoming possible for us?

4. Do you have a particular saint that you admire?

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Links:

And here are some articles you may find to be helpful:

1. Bible Gateway, Romans 1:7

2. Bible Gateway, 1 Corinthians 1:2

3. Bible Gateway, Ephesians 1:1

4. Bible Gateway, Philipians 1:1

5. Mystagogy, Aspiring to Be Saints

Script:

Hey everybody this is Steve, and you may remember Elder Porphyrios from past episodes of Be the Bee; like this one on defeating darkness. 

Well have you heard the news? Elder Porphyrios has been recognized as a saint! And we celebrate his feast day every year on December 2nd. Sometimes we think of Saints as people from long ago, but Elder Porphyrios passed away in 1991, the same year that Beauty and the Beast premiered. Sometimes we think of Saints as being very old and though Saint Porphyrios did live a very long life he started his road to sainthood very young. When he was a child he read about other saints and he dedicated himself to God. He went to Mt. Athos as a young teenager. At the age of 16 he received incredible spiritual gifts. 

Sainthood isn't only for people from a long time ago, and it's not only for the very old. It's for all of us. It's for me, and it's for you. God is calling you to be a saint! Don't believe me? Well, have you ever noticed how Saint Paul starts his letters? Some of St. Paul's letters are addressed to particular people, some are addressed to communities, and six of those letters aren't simply addressed to the people in an area not even simply to the Christians in an area, they're addressed, to the saints. 

St. Paul isn't excluding anybody. He's not writing his letter to some people and not others instead he's saying all of us are called to be saints; that's the destiny of everybody in the church. Even the design of church buildings can teach us this. When you walk in, you see the walls are covered with icons from Christ at the top of the dome, all the way down walls, and when we get to the bottom of the wall, we don't see room for painted icons anymore. We see places for people to sit or stand. We see frames for a different kind of icon; a living, breathing icon, we see our fellow Christians, we see each other, we see saints. So let's Be the Bee and accept God's call to be saints. Be the Bee, and Live Orthodoxy! Remember to Like and Subscribe! I'll see you all next week!

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