The other night, while having a rambling conversation with friends over adult beverages, one of my colleagues related that his mother had met Mother Theresa. In the hearsay description of that meeting, both Mother Theresa and my friend's mother having passed away, the statement was made "she (his mom) could sense she (Mother Theresa) was a Saint when she was alive."
This brought to mind another conversation I had had years ago with a neo-trad Catholic luminary who related how he had met Padre Pio while an undergraduate on holiday in Italy in the early 1960s. Again the phrase was heard "he exuded sanctity - one could tell he was a Saint while he was alive."
My question for the august readership of this blog is this - "Who are the living saints today?"
There are people who have passed away that I know are saints....
- the late Father Newman Eberhardt,CM, a staunchly orthodox Vincentian (what a rara avis today) who taught philosophy and patristics at St. John's Seminary in Camarillo. He had the power to read souls. (I can attest to this personally).
- the just recently passed (in 2006) Father Marie Dominique Philippe (pictured below), a former Dominican who started the Community of Saint John in France in the 1960s. They're now in Texas and Illinois here in the USA.
As for the living, I know I have my own thoughts....
Fr. Benedict Groeschel
Fr. Regis Barwig (on the left)
Who are the living saints today?
The late Malachi Martin once commented to me that it was a shame we had to wait until after the death of a saint to find out the level of their direct communication with God, but that if the saints relayed their stories while they were alive "they'd be put into Bedlam."
I am quite interested to hear from our readership as to who makes your list.