Facing the bleak prospect in the previous post, I turn to people from the past who have managed somehow to make good out of even worse prospects. I keep long lists of saints and heroes that I augment from time to time. I keep separate lists of general heroes, saints, gay-lesbian heroes, and artist heroes.
These are all people with deep personal flaws (like all the rest of us), and some of them I don't entirely agree with (I keep Vaclav Havel on the list despite his support for the invasion of Iraq); but, they are all people who stood up for what is right and true, opened up new paths for the rest of us, and did the Lord's work, sometimes unwittingly. Many of them paid with their lives.
Here are a few samples:
All around heroes:
Walter Reuther (on the left with Richard Frankensteen after an encounter with Ford company goons)
Eleanor Roosevelt (at the UN)
And now for a sample of saints (people I consider saintly; maybe the Roman hierarchy and the Calendar of Saints and I agree, and maybe not):
St. Francis of Assisi
Martin Luther King Jr.
Fr. Mychal Judge
Dean Jonathan Swift
Fr. Bartholome de las Casas
Julian of Norwich
And here is a sample from the list of Gay and Lesbian heroes:
Fanny Ann Eddy
Marty Robinson (on the right gripping Nelson Rockefeller's hand).
Dell Martin and Phyllis Lyon
Marsha P. Johnson
And now for a sample of artist heroes:
Francisco de Goya
Masaccio (looking at us on the left; Brunelleschi is on the right wearing a hat)
Rembrandt Van Rijn
This is just a sample of the lists I keep. I keep images of them, for as many as I can find images. I like to look at them from time to time.
I notice that I keep adding to these samples out of my abundant lists. What a glorious surplus to have!
Who is on your list?