Taylor Marshall over at Canterbury Tales listed where some saints fell in the birth order:
“Here are the birth orders of some of the world’s greatest Christians:
- St. Thérèse de Lisieux – Doctor of the Church (ninth child)
- St. Ignatius Loyola – founder of the Jesuits (eleventh)
- St. Francis Xavier – perhaps the greatest missionary (thirteenth)
- St. Catherine of Siena – Doctor of the Church (twenty-fourth)”
It made me think. What if there are other saints waiting to be born, but society or parents deem they can’t afford to have them? As families become smaller and smaller, are we exterminating saints?