To Be a Saint is to Be Myself

 

I've always looked up to the saints, so much so that I find it hard to believe I could ever be like them. They are brave, compassionate, holy, pious, brilliant. They exceed all the expectations I have for myself.


Saint Thérèse of Lisieux was a young nun in her twenties with a brilliant mind. She was struck with Tuberculosis that eventually took her life, but she persisted in love for God through her suffering.


Saint Maximillian Kolbe was a Catholic priest who offered himself up as sacrifice to save a husband and father in Auschwitz.


Saint Faustina had visions of Jesus and set the world on fire with the image of Divine Mercy.


Saint Gianna Berettea Molla was a wife, mother, and DOCTOR. She focused her medical efforts on caring for the poor and eventually gave up her life to save her baby's.


So....what's the point? The point is that God isn't calling me to be a Saint Thérèse or a Saint Faustina or even a Saint Gianna. He is calling me to be ALI. He is calling me to use my introvertedness, my art, my vocation as a wife, and all of my weirdness to lead those in my life closer to Him. He's calling me to be a saint in my own authentic way. To be a saint is to find who God has created you to be and to be just that. Today, I am allowing myself to take the pressure off the table to be something I am not. Instead, I will strive to show bravery, compassion, piety, and holiness in my own genuine way.


Today I challenge you to reflect on the qualities that God uniquely gave you to help you become a saint and comment below. 


"For me, to be a saint is to be myself."
Thomas Merton

 

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