What is a Saint?

What is a saint? First, we should understand that saints are not born, they are made. We all have the potential to become saints. The only difference between those who are not saints and the saints is that they are people who are continually picking them­ selves up after sinning, continually repenting until they attain holiness, whereas we give up. "To each one of us, Christ is say­ing,  “If you want your life and mission to be fruitful like mine. do like me. Be converted into a seed that lets itself be buried. Do not be afraid. Those who avoid suffering will remain alone, but if you give your life out of love for others, as I give mine for all, you will reap a great harvest. You will have the deepest satisfaction . Do not fear death or threats. The Lord goes with you.” That's what All Saints' Day is all about. That 's what Jesus means by saying, "Blessed are you." Blessed are you who live a “kingdom of God kind of life." A life of unconditional loving service to all God's people. The Beatitudes are an invitation. They are an invitation to examine our lives and see how we are doing in this life we prom­ised to live at our baptism. All Saints' Day is a wonderful day to remember both kinds of people, the official saints and those who have been saints to us. And it's a good day to think about our own lives and to remind ourselves that each one of us is called to be a light to the world. Remember, most of our official saints were people just like us, but people who were open to conversion , open to allowing themselves to go in a different direction because they knew it was the right way to go in spite of the consequences. But we don't have to fear the consequences, because all through the Gospels we are reminded that God is with us. The saints of old give us courage as we re-live their past memories, as we continue to walk with the present saints who walk step by step with us toward the time when we will join all the heavenly saints in praise and thanksgiving to God and His Son for the redemption which is ours. Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in his wonderful face. Ask God to give you the gifts of Faith, Hope. and Charity.

 

Posted on November 4, 2015 .