Love the Lord, all you his saints! The Lord preserves the faithful but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride.Psalm 31:23
Do you have anyone in your life that you look up to? Do you have someone in your life that you admire, who always does such wonderful things, who’s a great person, who you want to be just like?
This is how I think of the Saints.
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According to the Church, a Saint is a person who lived the Gospel according to his or her state in life. Saints are people of heroic faith who are undoubtedly in Heaven. Saints can be someone like St. Patrick, who converted the entire country of Ireland, or they could be someone like St. Therese of Lisieux, who remained cloistered and put great love into every little thing she did. Heaven is for Saints, so anyone who goes to Heaven is a Saint. The Church has numerous Saints whom we ask to intercede for us. They join us in praying for us and for our intentions so that we may grow closer to God and someday join them in Heaven.
I turn to the Saints often as they inspire me to live my faith heroically. I look to their example to learn how to be a strong Catholic during difficult times. I learn from them how to find joy in my suffering and view it as a blessing, like St. Maximilian Kolbe. They teach me how to selflessly serve others and to love everyone with the love I have for Jesus, Like St. Theresa of Calcutta. They inspire me to delve deeper in my faith through research and educate others on the truth of the Church, like St. Thomas Aquinas.
Since my Catholic elementary school days when I first learned about the Saints, I’ve looked up to them and wanted to be like them. I have always wanted to be a Saint, and I hope to be a great Saint. I want to be so lost in God with my sight set on Heaven so that I’ll spend eternity with my Heavenly Father. Moreover, I want to take as many people to Heaven with me as possible. I want to bring everyone I meet closer to God and live my faith in such a beautiful way that everyone I meet will be drawn to God. I want to make holiness attractive in this world that is so quick to disregard it. In the time and place in which God has positioned me, I desire to be an instrument of his love and use the gifts that he has blessed me with to walk my brothers and sisters home to him. I’m doing my best with this and I’m far from perfect, but I won’t stop striving for sainthood until I meet my Father in Heaven.