Friday, May 11, 2012

How To Become A Saint

St. Augustine has this to say to us about how we can become Saints.

1 - Humility is the key to growing spiritually:
"Do you wish to be great? Then begin by being. Do you desire to construct a vast and lofty fabric? Think first about the foundations of humility. The higher your structure is to be, the deeper must be its foundation."
2 - We all need to forgive and be forgiven:
Forgiveness is the remission of sins. For it is by this that what has been lost, and was found, is saved from being lost again.
3 - Suffering can be the path to goodness and holiness:
God judged it better to bring good out of evil than to suffer no evil to exist.
4 - With virtue, there is freedom:
He that is kind is free, though he is a slave; he that is evil is a slave, though he be a king.
5 - Our work and prayer will help us grow closer to God:
Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.
6 - Love is a choice:
What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like.
7 - Those who remain faithful will see God face-to-face:
Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.


st bosco said...

Just ask Jesus to come into your life and be born again. Then youre a saint. Simple, just for the asking.

Angry Jason said...

Not quite, senor. We're not too interested in innovations to Christianity only a few hundred years old.

Have a nice day!

Theresa said...

No offense intended Bosco but your description of sainthood sounds hollow and boring.

Brian said...

Remember Jason: love in all things. Even speaking the truth can backfire if charity is lacking.
Asking Christ for conversion of heart and spiritual rebirth/birth from above is far from an innovation (Jn 3:3 ff).
The excess arises from thinking that conversion is a one-time event. We all advance on the path of virtue, only to take steps back through sin. That's why it is necessary to constantly ask God for the grace of conversion.

De Liliis said...

To become a saint, listen to the saints.

'As it is impossible to arrive at perfection in any art or science, without ardent desires of its attainment, so no one has ever yet become a saint, but by strong and fervent aspirations after sanctity.'

St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori

Nathan said...

St. Thomas Aquinas' sister once asked him this same question, the angelic doctor responded "Will it."