It is sad that many Catholics today seem to think that they can’t be saints. It is commonly assumed that everyday people can’t be SAINTS. To be a saint, most think, you’d have to spend 5 hours of the day in prayer (and literally talking with God), never sin, live like a hermit, become a priest or nun, never smile or have fun, etc. I could go on.
This is such a major misconception! This is assuming that we all are supposed to become the same– some sort of super pious, strict, lonely, old man/woman who has no friends. Again, this is a major major misconception, that we can see is false by looking at examples of actual canonized saints.
God created us all uniquely. Everyone is different, and this is good! And because of this, we all should have different paths, different lifestyles! But our uniqueness doesn’t mean that we can’t become saints. We are all made to become saints, becoming the unique saint that we were all made to be!
The point is that becoming a saint does not mean being someone else but rather becoming fully who you were made to be! (what Matthew Kelly likes to call the best-version-of-yourself)
We do this by coming to know and believe in God and His son Jesus Christ, to know of His love for us and all people. Then we must follow Jesus, who is the way, the truth, and the life, sharing our joy and living charitably in all that we do. Very very regular people become saints. We all can! We must strive to overcome sin and truly put God first in our lives, but that doesn’t necessarily mean we have to go off to a convent or monastery or change the world.. check out these modern day saints that show us just how real, how attainable sainthood is!
Blessed Chiara Luce, from Italy, died in 1990 at the age of 18, after a battle with cancer for about two years. Can you believe that? She only lived to be 18 and Pope Benedict has already beatified her! What made her a saint was mostly her joy that she shared with others. Even as she was in the hospital in the last year of her life, she looked for ways to cheer up HER visitors. She had a very strong faith and devotion to Jesus from a young age and even offered up her pain for Jesus. But she said that she didn’t want anyone crying when she died because she said that’s when she’d get to be with Jesus.
Blessed Pier Giorgio is another Italian youth, who died in 1925 at the age of 24. He was active in His faith, was very charitable with what he had, and really enjoyed mountain climbing, operas, and all sorts of normal things. He died from polio, which he probably got from the poor… And after his death it was the poor, the very people that he cared for, who brought his cause for canonization to the Archbishop of Turin! How cool is that!
These are a couple of special saints because they lived such short lives but they lived their lives so well, with such passion and care for others because of their love for Jesus.
Do your thing, serve God, become a saint!