An Invigorating Sainthood Today
“There are only two ways to live your life,” Albert Einstein said. "One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
A cousin to his theory of relativity E=mc² is Einstein’s theory that the earth is supercharged with mystical miraculous energy. To consciously experience this lifestyle of miracles, however, requires renaming a few daily expressions. For example, instead of “It’s a coincidence we should meet like this,” (even if not spoken aloud) is reframed, “It’s a miracle we should meet like this!” To narrowly escape an accident is no longer called luck or chance—but miraculous.
The same happens to occasions once called fortuitous, happenstance or serendipitous. This miracle lifestyle has a scale of minor and major wonders; minor miracles for small wonders like finding your lost car keys and major ones for those really momentous ones that cause breathtaking awe.
Coincidence and chance are ordinary terms as the Age of Miracles has ended since Jesus no longer walks among us. The exceptions are those at the shrines of great saints or sites of alleged visitations of the Virgin Mary. But to expect miracles on your front porch or the grocery store parking lot requires conviction, boldly reaffirmed by the Scottish philosopher, Thomas Carlyle, who said, “The Age of Miracles is forever here.”
The miraculous always awakens surprised amazement, and so encountering wonders around every corner makes for a very exhilarating and invigorating life. It also is one saturated with spontaneous prayer as joyous response to each amazing event. The poet and un-canonized saint, Walt Whitman, chose to live that thrilling life of Einstein’s theory and so could say, “To me every hour of life and dark is a miracle. Every cubic inch of space is a miracle.”
Canonization of a saint in the Catholic Church requires that two or three miracles be performed in the person’s name, as well as thousands of dollars for investigating the person’s past life and to pay for the elaborate pageantry of canonization. Since the saint-making process is so costly, typically only a large Religious Order or Institution can afford it. With Einstein’s miracle theory however, anyone can begin their own exciting, truly catholic or universal process of becoming a saint based on not a meager two or three…but myriads of miracles!
In spite of any past sins, I seriously encourage you to begin to become a halo-less, un-canonized saint by living as if absolutely everything is a miracle!