We like reading and talking about the controversial things other people do or say — whether people in politics, showbiz, our communities, or in the workplace. We often call it gossip.
We do this because this is what the media and social media are feeding us. We also do this because we, as humans, are drawn to stories of other humans. (Of course, some of us do this to be in the know, to belong.) For many of us, we often do not know of alternatives.
Lately, I am becoming fascinated with biographies and autobiographies. If you have been reading my posts for the past few weeks, one of the people whose lives I’m reading (and writing) about is Charles Schulz, the creator of Peanuts. Biographies and autobiographies give us much better alternatives to gossip. Instead of talking about the controversial things people did in showbiz, politics, or even in the workplace, we can read and talk about the great things remarkable people did and are doing in their lives. Instead of focusing on the wrongdoings of others and be overcome with frustration and despair, we can read and talk about other people’s virtues and be inspired.
The other problem we often have is figuring out whom we should read about. It’s often a matter of personal preferences. We can read about entrepreneurs, artists, inventors, and heroes we admire. We can also read about the lives of saints and how strongly they held onto their faith and what they believed in, even to the point of losing their lives.
What I personally love about reading the lives of saints is that almost every day, there is a feast dedicated to a saint. By knowing each day’s saint, we have a steady source of remarkable people (and virtues) we can read, study, and talk about.
Of course, you can always read about the greatest Man who ever lived — Jesus Christ. His story is the greatest and truest story ever told. It never gets old and you learn something new every time you read it again and again.
P.S. The calendar in this website shares not only the readings for the day, but also the feast of the saint whose life we commemorate.