Spiritual Reflection 11/5/2023

Can we be Saints also?

Just this past week we celebrated the Feast of all Saints Day.  It is a wonderful celebration as we honor and celebrate the lives of the saints who have gone before us to be eternally with the Lord God.  During this feast each of us could ask a question to ourselves, “Could I ever be a saint?”  The answer to this question is a resounding YES!  In fact, it is and should be all our ultimate goal in this life.  This is because the actual title of being saint is a declaration that this person is living in heaven with God.  Is this not what we are all striving for?  If we choose it, sainthood is our destiny.  This raises another question – how do we get there?

As we sit in Church today, try to see if you can see outside. Of course, if the windows are open, it may be easier, but you really can’t see much outside because of the beautiful stain glass windows that are present.  And what is portrayed in these windows? – the saints of course.  This means as we look at our lives outside Church, we are looking through the lives of the saints.  During the celebration of the Eucharist, we are joined with the communion of saints. After receiving Christ in the Eucharist, we leave Mass trying to live the life Christ calls us to and we can do this by using the saints as our example.

We may feel that doing this is a daunting task and we may feel unworthy but look at the life of some of the saints.  St. Peter denied Christ three times.  St. Paul persecuted innocent Christians.  St. Theresa, the Little Flower, was just a little girl who went on to be a Doctor of the Church.  St. Augustine led a life partying and drinking and also became a Church Doctor.  The formula in becoming a saint is to give yourself over to Christ.  This is the formula, and it is never too late to apply this formula to our lives.   It truly is just doing the little things out of love for each other and having total faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.

May Jesus live in our hearts forever. 
Deacon Chris