Today is the feast of Laura Vicuna, a 14 year old girl beatified in 1988.
She gave her life over to God at the age of 9 and found a spiritual director who eventually allowed her to live the vows of a religious in her own student lifestyle.
One of Laura's worries was about her mother who was living on the edge of a number of destructive relationships. On her deathbed Laura begged her mother to change and after her death her Mother sorted out her life and returned to church.
Is Laura extraordinary? I think that she is but she is not unusual.
We often think that saints must be serious, old, dripping with wisdom and mystery. In fact, as Don Bosco often said "we want no long faced saints here." Young people are the hidden saints that emerge from the deeper goodness of adult lives. Their dedication, their courage and their cheerfulness point to the child of God at the heart of each adult. Young people preach the Gospel with their lives to us adults who are often deaf to the message.