Some may think the saints are superhuman or above us, but that’s not the case. Do remember that a lot of people from the Old Testament “Faith Hall of Fame” sinned and made careless decisions, so those that we canonize aren’t any better.
They didn’t wake up and demonstrate zealous behavior overnight but they were regular people that pursued after charity in the utmost of ways. They cooperated with sanctifying grace and in return, the life of Christ dwelt in them. The virtues displayed by these holy men and women can only be accredited by Jesus transforming their lives. Many of them practiced self-denial, piety, and purity in ways that are only possible with communion in divine love.
Looking back at their lives, all I know is that I want a faith like that! My own faith NOT a replica of theirs. A faith that shows Jesus Christ in my actions, words, and reverence to God. These pious figures have admirable qualities toward a life to holiness that anyone can learn from.
St. Josephine Bakhita understood hat God uses our suffering in order to produce a heavenly good that glorifies Him.
St. Rose of Lima, who was beautiful and nicknamed “rose” as a baby, cut her hair due to being concerned about her neighbor stumbling in immoral ways.
St.Maximillian Kolbe who sacrificed his life for his fellow inmate while in a German concentration camp in the 1940s.
St. Anthony found spiritual intimacy with God through meditation and contemplation.
St. Aloysius Gonzaga died only at the age of 23 but realized at a very young his desire to be used by God. He even protected himself against temptation from women by looking downward. He took a page from our Savior’s command about temptation (Mat 5:29).
St. Peter Julian Eymard LOVED the Eucharist.
As the opening of Hebrews 12 says “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith (Heb 12:1-2)” We too have an immense cloud of witnesses to remind us of what great faith looks like. Jesus, who is the chief perfecter of faith in God, can change our lives just like he did with countless holy figures. Through faith in him, being conformed internally by grace to Jesus, and fulfilling the commandments of loving God and neighbor can we join the saints in heavenly glory.
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