The Communion of Saints
Modern science, so far from taking away this grand doctrine of communion of saints, teaches it to us in the law of evolution by an accumulation of facts, that the world never conceived before. We do not bear the root, as the apostle says; the root bears us. We are simply a branch, a twig, a bud, of the common life of the world, and all that is of value in us individually we derive from this communion that we hold in this common life. We have been developed by it; and this conviction of the common life of the race bears us up, and thrills our veins with this life.
— Minot J. Savage (1841-1918)