Who Me? A Saint?

Catholic_All_Saints_Day_smTomorrow, November 1st, is the Solemnity, or as I prefer to think of it, The Feast of All Saints. We go to Mass and remember all those who went before us and “made it”!

Honestly, how do you become a saint? I know we are all called to be these holy people, but I haven’t had any opportunities lately to lead an army to victory while trying to hide my true identity (Joan of Arc), start a school system (Elizabeth Ann Seton), or reform an order of nuns (Teresa of Avila).

All joking aside, we are all called to be saints. We are born with this God-gifted potential and through our sacraments are given the grace to actually succeed! True holiness is achieved by the everyday, small sacrifices and kindnesses that we include in our life.

Some days it may seem like you will have to perform a miracle to carry out loving actions to your kids, who are driving you crazy, your spouse who is rankling your last nerve with the very thing you thought was “so cute” when you first met or the elderly woman moving so slowly in front of you in the store when you are already late to pick up those crazy-making kids! But is it enough? Do these things count when we handle them without allowing our humanity to get the better of us?

Yes. Yes it is enough and they all count. Because all God really expects is that we do our best every day, in every interaction. To remember to see Christ in others…and that will make attaining sainthood pretty easy.

May your path to sainthood be paved with smooth roads…

Ellen Marie Dumer, LCPC, president and founder of Living Your Exceptional Life™, is a pastoral counselor, life success coach, published author, and sought-after speaker. She is a guide and mentor for Catholic/Christian women seeking to harness and cultivate their aspirations for a life based on faith in Christ.

She and her husband, Deacon Gary Dumer, live in Maryland, have 4 children and soon-to-be nine grandchildren. Ellen loves to paint and craft, read, go on long bike rides and walks, garden, and spend fun time with her friends!

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