Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Becoming Saints 101

I remember student teaching. I didn't feel like a teacher. I still felt more like the student, and yet, I was placed in a situation in which I had to act like the teacher. My success among the students demanded that I set aside my own self-perceptions and put on the image of a teacher.

I think our journey to sainthood is like this at times. If we think about what the saints do on the other side, we absolutely know a few things (and it is wise to begin imitating them now):

First, they worship God.
Second, they commune with God.
Third, they intercede (for us) before the Throne of God.

We see these things in the Letter to the Hebrews and in the Book of Revelation. While there are many things we cannot know about the saints, these are things we do know.

And so, dear saints-in-the-making, you must be in the process of learning how to take on these roles. After all, this is what you will be doing with all of eternity if you fulfill your ultimate call to be a saint.

It is why Mass is so important. It is why receiving Holy Communion is so important. It is why you must actually pray for those you have promised to lift up in prayer!

By doing these things, we are learning how to be saints. To worship God in the most perfect Sacrifice of the Mass. To commune with Our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament. And to intercede for those we love.

And maybe one day, you will take your own place among that Great Cloud of Witnesses.



  1. I realy enjoyed this. I have gotten into the habit when someone says "we are all sinners." I finish with "and we are all saints." Sometimes it is appriciated other times I am not so sure.

  2. That is our ultimate destiny if we fulfill our ultimate calling.

    Too often, those who say "we are all sinners" are just trying to justify remaining in a state of sin rather than pursuing a state of grace.

    Thanks for your comments, Barb.