Throughout my life, I have been told that reading the stories of the saints is one of the surest paths to sainthood. It makes sense…analyzing their lives causes us to examine our own.
To this end, we owe a great debt of gratitude to St. Vincent of Saragossa. Vincent was a third century hagiographer who served as a deacon under the venerable Bishop Valerius in Saragossa, Spain. He was one of thousands of Christians who endured violent persecution under the diabolical Roman emperor Diocletian.
Hagiography is the practice of recording and sharing the stories of the saints and heroes of the Church. These writers and historians help put legs on the Gospel walking alongside us, and challenging us to live holy and virtuous lives as incarnate examples of our Christian faith.
St. Vincent made sharing the lives of the saints his life’s work and ultimately gave his life to do so. He inspires us to learn about and seek the intercession of the saints as we strive to grow in virtue and faith.
The saints are great company! The older I get, the more they give me comfort and help me to focus my life on Christ and service to His people. We all should pay attention to and share the stories of all those we hope to meet in heaven one day. St. Vincent of Saragossa, pray for us.