Work Out Your Saintly Body

Saint Paul writes "Do you not know that your body is a temple  of the holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own?" (1 Chorinthians 6:19)  Since our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit we should take care of them by taking our medicine, eating correctly and working out.  I used to say "My exercise consists of walking to the chapel and back."  I also would be known to say "my exercise consists of walking up the stairs and then down the stairs."  I have never been overweight so I incorrectly thought I did not need to exercise.  While my doctors laughed at my jokes they told me I did need to exercise because I have Asthma.  Yesterday, for the first time in my adult life I exercised for the 6th day in a row.  I was surprised at how good I generally feel after doing exercise.  Now I enjoy it.

Today, Nov. 1 is a Holy Day of Obligation in the United States.  We are required to attend Mass as if it were a Sunday.  Today, we commemorate and remember all the Saints.  Most of us think about canonized saints when we think about the saints.  However, any person in heaven is a saint.  The canonized saints such as Saint Joseph of Cupertino and Saint Joan of Arc are recognized by the Church as being in heaven.  However, not all saints are canonized.  Surely we hope their are lot of people in heaven.  Everyone in heaven is a saint.  The Church simply has not declared everyone in heaven a saint and probably never will.  Think of our deceased family members and friends, some of them might be saints already.   While we do not publicly venerate any saints that are not canonized (or sometimes at least beatified) we can still ask them to pray for us privately.  The good news is that God is calling you, yes you who are reading this to be a saint.  Since God gave you a body which is a temple of the Holy Spirit then why not work out your saintly body?


Excerpts from the Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States of America, second typical edition © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc., Washington, DC. Used with permission. All rights reserved. No portion of this text may be reproduced by any means without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

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