On the 3rd of this month, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has welcomed the news that two Canadians have been declared to be saints. His website states:
“Today, I welcome the very exciting news from the Vatican that His Holiness Pope Francis has officially proclaimed Canadians Marie de l’Incarnation and François de Laval as Saints.” It is entirely fitting that this recognition be given to two outstanding Canadians who were pillars of the early Church in Canada and whose lives exemplified faith and piety.
“This is a tremendous honour for Canada and a wonderful day for Catholics.” Saint Marie de l’Incarnation, often referred to as the “Mother of the Canadian Church,” was an Ursuline nun who founded Canada’s first school. Fluent in local languages, she taught the children of both the settlers and the Aboriginal population.
Saint François de Laval was the second Catholic bishop in North America and laid the foundations for the Church in French Canada. As a missionary to New France, he rejected his family’s wealth to faithfully pursue his spiritual vocation. Both were beatified by Blessed Pope John Paul II in 1980 and declared Saints by Pope Francis on April 3, 2014. They served and died in what is today Québec City, where they are buried. – See more at:http://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2014/
This is quite odd. Prime Minister Harper claims to be an evangelical Christian. He surely must be aware of Paul’s inspired writings to several churches, one of which was Rome. Paul wrote to the church in Corinth as well. He penned, Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both their’s and our’s:, 1 Corinthians 1:2. He also wrote to the church at Rome thus: To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. Paul was not writing to dead people, he was writing to living men and women, believers in Christ who were saints. The apostle Paul also wrote to the church at Ephesus Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, to the saints which are at Ephesus, and to the faithful in Christ Jesus: Ephesians 1:1.
Here again he is not writing to dead people. Hopefully Mr. Harper will start to read his Bible again and discover these truths and won’t be making such foolish statement in the future. As well, on the subject of spiritual things, it is Easter.
The hymn “Because He Lives” has the following lyrics.
God sent His son, they called Him, Jesus;
He came to love, heal and forgive;
He lived and died to buy my pardon,
An empty grave is there to prove my Savior lives!
Christians, saints living today, can rejoice that the Lord Jesus is who he said he was, the Son of God, God manifest in the flesh and an empty grave is there to prove our Savior lives!