Chesterton wrote that "The Saint is a medicine because he is an antidote. Indeed that is why the saint is often a martyr; he is mistaken for a poison because he is an antidote. He will generally be found restoring the world to sanity by exaggerating whatever the world neglects, which is by no means always the same in every age."
We can look to modern-day Saints, Mother Theresa and John Paul II, to see this in action with regards to what the world neglects today, in our age:
- St. Theresa of Calcutta said, "I see Jesus in every human being. I say to myself, this is hungry Jesus, I must feed him. This is sick Jesus. This one has leprosy or gangrene; I must wash him and tend to him. I serve because I love Jesus."
- St. Pope John Paul II exaggerated the dignity of life by praying for every person he ever met, as soon as he met them.
We are called to imitate the Saints, and to exaggerate what the world neglects with respect to human dignity and sexual morality, as St. Theresa and St. JPII did. Here are some ways to do that:
- Have a large family
- Adopt or foster children in need
- Say hello to people in the street, in line at the grocery store, etc; hold the door for strangers; go out of your way to be polite in public.
- When you go to a wedding, a cocktail party, or another social occasion, don't think about how much you'll get to eat or drink - rather, think about how many new people (Jesus in disguise, as St. Theresa says) you will get to meet. When you do meet them, say a prayer for them, as St. JPII did. Set yourself a challenge or a goal before going into these occasions - an exaggerated goal; more than decorum requires.