Saints that you have known

Have you ever met a saint?  I’m not just asking if you have met someone sure to be canonized by the Church of Rome, such as Mother Teresa or Pope John Paul II.  You most assuredly have met a saint, since all Christians, though simultaneously sinners, have that status in Christ.  But today being All Saints’ Day, let’s honor saints who have had an impact on your life and on your faith.  Who are some?  You don’t have to mention names, since saints are easily embarrassed, but tell about Christians you know or have known who made an impression on you because of their faith, love, and holiness, or their transparency to Christ, or however you want to describe it.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Tom Hering

    Cecil Anderson, R.I.P., co-owner with his wife of a mom-and-pop Christian bookstore. Decades ago, he always let me know how he thought I was fine, young Christian man. And always gently questioned me about how my Roman Catholicism lined up with Scripture. I have a long way to go before I live up to his example – as you all know. :-D

  • Tom Hering

    Cecil Anderson, R.I.P., co-owner with his wife of a mom-and-pop Christian bookstore. Decades ago, he always let me know how he thought I was fine, young Christian man. And always gently questioned me about how my Roman Catholicism lined up with Scripture. I have a long way to go before I live up to his example – as you all know. :-D

  • HippoAugustine

    The professor who taught me Revelation in Seminary. Each day as he lectured, I knew that this elderly man loved the Lord and loved his word. An almost undetectable tear would form in the corner of one eye as he would declare the eternal gospel to us.

  • HippoAugustine

    The professor who taught me Revelation in Seminary. Each day as he lectured, I knew that this elderly man loved the Lord and loved his word. An almost undetectable tear would form in the corner of one eye as he would declare the eternal gospel to us.

  • http://theoldadam.wordpress.com Steve Martin

    My pastor. A real sinner and a real saint.

    Taught me what true freedom in Christ means.

    Christ alone. No add-on’s. None.

    I pray that more Christians would run into such saints in the faith as this.

  • http://theoldadam.wordpress.com Steve Martin

    My pastor. A real sinner and a real saint.

    Taught me what true freedom in Christ means.

    Christ alone. No add-on’s. None.

    I pray that more Christians would run into such saints in the faith as this.

  • rlewer

    By Biblical definition all those who trust in Jesus Christ for their salvation are saints and at the same time sinners. This truth is proclaimed at each divine service in the confession and absolution. The saints are called to gather together in the place where God serves them through Word and Sacrament “with angels and archangels and all the company of heaven.”

    Nevertheless, there are those who have been important in reflecting the grace of God. I think of my parents, wife, children, etc.

  • rlewer

    By Biblical definition all those who trust in Jesus Christ for their salvation are saints and at the same time sinners. This truth is proclaimed at each divine service in the confession and absolution. The saints are called to gather together in the place where God serves them through Word and Sacrament “with angels and archangels and all the company of heaven.”

    Nevertheless, there are those who have been important in reflecting the grace of God. I think of my parents, wife, children, etc.

  • michael henry

    About 15 years ago I was going to a “purpose” Church that was caught up in the fad, long before God granted me the discernment to know it was going off the rails.

    In the midst of the internecine fighting and the bad theology, tragedy struck. One of the members had two daughters who, along with their grandfather as I recall, died in an airplane crash.

    Although the sorrow was palpable all around, the joy of the Lord Jesus and the grace beyond understanding was evident in this man. Serenity does fully not describe his demeanor. In the midst of tragedy he was joyful in God, as he always had been, and as long as I knew him, always was.

    It is difficult to articulate accurately as time passes and parts fade, but this man comes to mind as soon as I read your post. He will always in my view represent a saint.

  • michael henry

    About 15 years ago I was going to a “purpose” Church that was caught up in the fad, long before God granted me the discernment to know it was going off the rails.

    In the midst of the internecine fighting and the bad theology, tragedy struck. One of the members had two daughters who, along with their grandfather as I recall, died in an airplane crash.

    Although the sorrow was palpable all around, the joy of the Lord Jesus and the grace beyond understanding was evident in this man. Serenity does fully not describe his demeanor. In the midst of tragedy he was joyful in God, as he always had been, and as long as I knew him, always was.

    It is difficult to articulate accurately as time passes and parts fade, but this man comes to mind as soon as I read your post. He will always in my view represent a saint.

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    My husband.

  • http://www.biblegateway.com/versions/Contemporary-English-Version-CEV-Bible/ sg

    My husband.

  • http://www.whenisayrunrun.blogspot.com Andrew

    My father who taught me Christianity by quiet example, who sent be to Lutheran schools (LCMS) despite our conversion to Orthodoxy, who supported me when I decided to leave the Orthodox church to become Lutheran and a Lutheran school teacher who supported me in my calls to Lutheran schools, who loved to debate theology with me.

    My father who fell asleep in Jesus on October 19th. Memory eternal.

  • http://www.whenisayrunrun.blogspot.com Andrew

    My father who taught me Christianity by quiet example, who sent be to Lutheran schools (LCMS) despite our conversion to Orthodoxy, who supported me when I decided to leave the Orthodox church to become Lutheran and a Lutheran school teacher who supported me in my calls to Lutheran schools, who loved to debate theology with me.

    My father who fell asleep in Jesus on October 19th. Memory eternal.

  • J. Voss

    I think of Leona Rupp, widow of Rev. Erhard C. Rupp, who had a special gift for intercessory prayer and was a rock for me during the sickness and death of my youngest son. Her children and grandchildren are living lives that bless so many. Like many of the more famous saints she died on her own birthday.

  • J. Voss

    I think of Leona Rupp, widow of Rev. Erhard C. Rupp, who had a special gift for intercessory prayer and was a rock for me during the sickness and death of my youngest son. Her children and grandchildren are living lives that bless so many. Like many of the more famous saints she died on her own birthday.

  • –helen

    Kurt Marquart, Pastor in Texas and Australia and much loved Professor at Fort Wayne, self-motivated missionary to former USSR entities and to Haiti.

    And the young man who just this morning drove away from friends and family to answer a Call across the state, not without some reluctance but because he thought it was what he had to do. He has on occasion described himself as a sinner; those who know him see a faithful Servant of the Word.

  • –helen

    Kurt Marquart, Pastor in Texas and Australia and much loved Professor at Fort Wayne, self-motivated missionary to former USSR entities and to Haiti.

    And the young man who just this morning drove away from friends and family to answer a Call across the state, not without some reluctance but because he thought it was what he had to do. He has on occasion described himself as a sinner; those who know him see a faithful Servant of the Word.

  • Robin

    My grandmother who taught me hymns when I was three and was the first person I remember telling me about Jesus and how he loved me.

  • Robin

    My grandmother who taught me hymns when I was three and was the first person I remember telling me about Jesus and how he loved me.


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