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‘You Can’t Be a Saint’

Sweet essay here on (the online mag for seekers in their 20s and 30s). In it, author Jeff Guhin gets into a conversation on saintly behavior with the Catholic teens he teaches.

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posted November 20, 2006 at 11:57 pm

Yes, this is a sweet, sweet essay. While I was reading I was thinking how seductive life is today for teens and tweens. So much stuff to plug into! Non-attachment is more illusive than ever, isn’t it? I remember going through my own campaign for sainthood when I was six. I wore a blue veil and a white gown left over from an old Halloween costume. Sometimes I wore a curly blonde wig which I bought for 25 cents at a church rummage sale. Fearing I’d get lice, my mom washed it in hot water. Instant dredlocks. I wore it still. I made everyone call me “St. Leslie”. I wrote my own prayers until my best friend, Annie, told me I had to use the “old ones.” So I did. For a while I was preoccupied with getting my hands on incense. Never did. I thought about what I’d wear to have my picture taken for Holy Cards. (blue robe, cross, halo) I asked my parish priest what I’d have to give up to be a saint. When he mentioned kissing boys on the school bus I threw in the towel.

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posted November 21, 2006 at 2:01 pm

First, to poster Daria, thanks for the sweet story. It made me chuckle. Secondly, thanks for posting this wonderful essay. We all should/should have had more teachers like this in catholic high school.

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