Who is a Living Saint for you?
Devlin Harris ’21
My mother is a living saint to me. She is very caring and helpful in all aspects of my life. She is also a very generous person who partakes in a bountiful amount of charity work. She is also a teacher who teaches English as a second language and GED at Daly College. I admire to be like her and take part in a lots of charity work and in general be very beneficial to the academic advancements of people around me in the community.
My mother also is a great neighbor and friend. She is always helping neighbors with many different acts. I can help follow her example in the neighborhood by partaking in community service and doing manual labour for my neighbors like mowing lawns and shoveling snow in the winter. I can also help watch the young children that are neighbors on my block.
Eddie Burke ’21
My dad is a living saint to me. Although he does his best to follow in the path of Jesus and preach his faith he only has so much time. He’s a very busy man and works most of the day tirelessly to give me and my siblings the privilege of going to school playing sports and participating in the various extracurriculars we do.
So with all that work it’s hard for him to find time to practice his faith, but that does not mean he doesn’t pushes God away. He uses God all the time when he is trying to explain a story or lesson he wants us to learn. He also always explains Jesus’ parables to us telling us the moral and explaining it in depth. He is the reason I am catholic and I am very proud to be his son.
Matthew Quattrocchi ’21
To me my mom is a living saint. She sends her kids to catholic school and does the best she can at all times. My mom doesn’t go to mass every week but it’s the actions she makes that inducts her as a saint to me. She always puts family before herself. She provides for her family the best she can and supports my brother and I in everything we’ve ever done. She sends her kids to catholic school to get a catholic education, even though it’s so expensive. She truly cares about those around her!
My mom is my greatest role model; she has taught me countless lessons of how to live my life when I grow up. I am so thankful I have her in my life. I would be a completely different person without my mom. She has helped shape me into who I am today. Her accomplishments make me want to act as she did when I get the chance! I look forward to providing for my family, helping those in need, and teaching those who need help!
Sebastian Barrera ’21
The person that is most saint to me is my grandma. My grandma always gives me what I want always cooks for me if i’m hungry or not. She always tells me that i’m special because i was her first grandchild. She is suffering of diabetes right now and she is losing sight of vision but she still does the things that show what type of person she is.
The other person is my mom because she always is helping me out and is always there for me no matter what. She is my Mom so she loves me and I love her. She always is talking to me about how her life was for her back then and helps me in homework.
Adrian Campos ’21
In my life, a living saint to me is my uncle. He is a living saint to me because he helps me with every problem I face and also helps e with solving my own problems in a certain way that will benefit me in the long run. He has me experience all cool activities that only a few others do. My uncle has always been there for me when I’m down. He always finds a way to help me in dark situations I find myself in.
I can better follow my uncle’s example by taking his advice and being able to do what he does best for others. I would help out anyone else that is dealing with personal situations and try to help out and give advice. He always made me feel like my problems are the most important at the moment and tries to help me out with dealing with them. I would do the same and help out others dealing with things so that they can be happy.
Jimmy Calcagno ’19
When people are asked to think about saints, their thoughts often times go right to the famous holy people that the Church recognizes. These saints, though great examples of how to live, should not be the only people we think about. Many people living among us are also tremendous models of how to go about our lives. A living saint in my life is my mom. Her dedication to faith shines through in all of her daily actions. She remains fully committed to God and lives out His mission by being selfless. She gives back without looking for recognition and consistently works for the benefit of others.
I can better follow my mom’s example by recognizing what is truly important and living a life of service. Instead of being a slave to technology and superficial pleasures, I should keep God first. If I maintain this direction, I can work towards salvation and eternal life in Heaven. I should always help those in need and do this when no one is watching. Upholding this lifestyle would allow for more personal growth. My mom provides an excellent standard to live by to accomplish these goals; she definitely is a living saint to me.
Joe Case ’19
In my life, my mother is a living saint. She cares more about me and my siblings than herself. Her ability to drop everything to help me is phenomenal and I am eternally grateful. An example of this is from her determination to contact me when I was on Kairos concerning the St. Olaf scholarship.
She noticed my phone buzz out of the corner of her eye and barely caught the word “POSSE” in the text. She spent hours trying to open my phone and hack into my email. She eventually got in and even got the word out to me on my retreat. I left early from Kairos, even though I did not want to in the moment, and now I have a large chance to get a four year full tuition scholarship. I could never thank her enough for her unrelenting love for me, and she inspires me to love others as much as she loves me.
Mike Hopkins ’19
My mom is a living saint to me. My mom is always making selfless decisions. She is a teacher in the Chicago Public Schools. She doesn’t like her job most of the time. However, she spends every weekday there to provide for me. She sacrifices a lot to be able to send me to Brother Rice.
I can better follow her example by trying to do the same as her. If she has had a hard day, I can offer to do the work around the house. She also always puts her family before her. I can ask her how her day was. I could also let her take the night off and make my own dinner or dinner for the family.
David O’Keefe ’19
I see Coach Bettinardi, one of my football coaches, as a living saint. Coach Bettinardi comes to every practice, and he spreads God’s word, constantly reminding us that we are loved by God and we are capable of doing good in the world. Coach Bettinardi gives us a virtue each week, and he leads us in exploring each virtue. He motivates us to stay positive and live as God wants us to live.
In my opinion, Coach Bettinardi’s best quality is that he follows up what he preaches with his actions. He is true to his words. He has told me about how he deals with frustration in life and at work, and he told me that he uses the “24-hour rule,” so that any time he is frustrated with someone he works with, he waits 24 hours before trying to talk to them so that he is not too angry and so he can avoid saying or doing anything out of impulsive anger. Coach Bettinardi is not afraid to show that he loves God, and he works hard to motivate others to do so as well, and I believe those qualities make a man a saint.
Nolan Quinn ’19
In my life, my dad is a living saint to me. He works two jobs to support my family, send us through catholic schools, and take us on good vacations. He typically keeps the stress of the day to himself, managing to keep a positive attitude and spread it to us. He also keeps our family connected with God, and we attend mass with him every Sunday.
Today is an example of how my dad is a saint. He volunteered to pick me up at Rice to take me to Purdue for a college visit. Even though his trip down to Purdue is for his job as a football ref, he is going out of his way to give me a good weekend. He busts his butt for my family, and we are all very thankful.
Patrick McGann ’19
An example of a living saint to me in my life would be my Uncle James. He is close to God, and he always puts others before himself. He has done work in his community as well. He recently had to have a bone marrow transplant for a disease he had, and he did not want anyone to worry about him. He wanted my family to worry about the challenges they had to face day in and day out. His wife (my aunt) was diagnosed with breast cancer after this ordeal. He is doing everything in his power to help her. Through all of these challenges he has faced he is still close to God. Not only that, he also stays positive. He is one of the best optimists I know.
There are a few things that I can do to help me follow my Uncle James’s example. First, I need to grow even closer to God. I would say that I am close to him as I go to mass regularly, go to a catholic school, and I have been on a few religious retreats, but I can grow even closer to him. I also need to put others before myself more often just like my Uncle James does. Brother Rice has taught me, and continues to teach me to act manfully in Christ Jesus. This will help me follow my Uncle James’s example going forward.
Matthew Cegielski ‘ 19
The person who is a living saint is my girlfriend. She has shown me so much kindness and always goes the extra mile for anybody. Kindness is a hard thing to come by for this time period in my opinion. Everyone seems to be out for themselves and never for anybody else. She is so selfless no matter the situation.
I can follow her kindness. I try my best to do little kind things throughout my day so I can make the big decisions later on. I can put people’s need before mine and help any way I can. I believe these aspects are what make up being a saint, their never ending concern for others.
Connor Doyle ’19
My living saint is my Mom. This is because almost everything that she does is in service towards others. She does through taking care of my family in everything she does. Specifically she takes care of my brother who suffers from and autoimmune disease that requires my Mom to dedicate a large portion of her time tho him. She also takes this outside of the house such as when she volunteers to help with food collection for our local food Pantry. She also recently made little baggies filled with essentials and then delivered them to homeless people in downtown chicago.
I can better follow her example by doing simple things such as being kinder to those I interact with throughout the day. I can also strive to take better care of my other siblings as my Mom is busy with my brother. My Mom believes in trying to help all she can so I believe that by donating to the project we are doing to help children in Cambodia I can better follow her example. My Mom has also strongly reinforced my faith in God, and for this I am grateful to her. I can help others connect with their faith and I believe I did through Kairos and the Freshman Retreats. Finally, by volunteering at Edmund Rice camp and through that allowing children who could not otherwise be at a camp attend, I am following in her example.
Tom Gleeson ’19
Kim Madonia is a living saint in my life. I’m a part of a youth ministry at MHR which she is in charge of. She is a role model to me by the way she acts towards all people. Weather she knows you or not she shows you complete respect and kindness. I didn’t really know her at the time but when I first started youth ministry she was a loud and funny person. As the year went on I see that she is a respectful person who I look up to very much.
I can follow her example by leading in the way she does. I can show respect to all even those I don’t like or may not know. I can be a person that people look up to and rely on. One who does without being told and looks for the result that benefits everyone.
John Mattes ’19
In my life, my mother is the closest person to a living saint to me. My mother is the perfect example of a living saint because of all of the things she does for my family. My mom has had seven children and I have never heard her complain about going to work, driving us to school and practice, or how hard it is for her. She continues to go to work everyday to provide for her children and make sure we don’t have to pay for our education. My mom and dad have been able to send all of their kids through Catholic grammar school, high school, and to private and public colleges.
I can follow my mother’s example by trying to think of others before I think of myself. Like my mom, I will try to provide for my family without complaining, as well as supporting my children at all times. I will attempt to make every game that my children have, even if I know the games will be one-sided, because my mother always has. Along with providing for her kids, my mom donates to the less fortunate and has made sure she is available to help at shelters. I can better follow my mother’s example by first evaluating what I can do better as a person, then, I can work to do all of the things my mom has.
Troy McManigal ’19
In my life, my girlfriend Grace is a living saint to me. This is because of the way she acts. She always has a positive attitude, and treats everyone the same. She teaches me how to be a great person, and she never gives up on me. Even though we have been through some trouble, she always sees the light in the tunnel. She volunteers, gives to the poor, takes me on mission trips, and goes to church every weekend. The biggest reason she is a living saint to me- she has truly changed my life.
I can better following her example by acting how she does. Honestly the only reason I am still a Catholic is because of her. She taught me how to become a better person by taking me on mission trips, taking me to church, and making me donate money at church. That is the reason my girlfriend is an example of a living saint to me.
Chris Neary ’19
A living saint for me is my auntie Katie. This is because she is the nicest person I know. She is like another grandmother. She is always looking to help, even if she has to give up her whole day to do it. She lives her life as an outstanding Christian who goes to Church every sunday and volunteers as much as she can there.
If you go to New Beginnings Church by Stagg, you’ll probably see this kind woman welcoming you to the Church, seeing if you need anything. She is not afraid to tell anyone about Jesus. I am constantly trying to act as selflessly to everyone I meet and try to be just a little bit like her. I cannot think of a more pious person than my Auntie Katie.
Dan Mueller ’19
There our many great people who pass through our lives. I have many great people to look up to in my life, but the person who exemplifies a saint in my life is my father. My dad has set a shining example on how to be a man of honor, hard work, and integrity. He has been a great father of five,and he has constantly put in the work to make sure he was able to sustain my family. My father is also the genuinely nicest man I have met. His consideration for others is so inspiring. Throughout my life, he has taught me many great lessons that have shaped me into the man I am today.
The lessons he taught me are what I use to try to be a good person. His lesson of putting others before you is one I try to use daily. He taught me also to work as hard as possible for everything. No matter what I am doing, I try to put in my best effort like my father before me. He is the greatest man I know, and I aspire to be half the man he is as I grow into adulthood.