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Honoring saints past and present

Oliver Clark

Oliver Clark leads a prayer at the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church.

Nov. 1 was All Saints Day, a Christian commemoration of those individuals whose lives glorified God in such a way that they set an example for the rest of us. My favorite saint is Monica, mother to Augustine, who himself became a saint, mainly because Monica never gave up on him.

Even from a young age, Augustine was a wild child or, at the very least, a wild child wannabe. He socialized with all those boys his mother cautioned him against. Boys who boasted of their exploits with women.