Sunday, June 10, 2012

Want to be a Saint?

 "Do you really want to be a saint?  Carry out the little duty of each moment,
 do what you ought and put yourself into what you are doing"  (St. Josemaria Escriva)

(painting by Ernestine von Kirchsberg; in US public domain)


  1. Yes..I long to be a saint.
    In whatever way the Lord sees fit to form me.

    Thank you for visting me and leaving kind comments, Nancy.
    Your blogs bless me deeply!

    In Christ Jesus..Trish

  2. Trish, how really good to have you visit here - THANK YOU for such kind words. I pray (I really do, as I write this) that Our Lord Jesus will form both of us... and everyone reading this... into saints who bring Him glory! Amen!

  3. I used to think it was a little(or a lot) to bold to say I wanted to be a saint. That is until I realized that being a saint simply means we have made it to heaven~not necessarily canonized. So I definitely want to be a saint! Great pearl of wisdom from Josemaria Escriva.
    Nancy, you find the best artwork for your posts! Love this painting.
    God bless.

  4. Karinann, I had the same realization.. and then I knew I wanted nothing else.

    I love that painting too, and have SO MUCH FUN finding and using lovely images that are in the public domain. I admit to a weakness for beauty... but perhaps that "weakness" is actually a strength? After all, we know Who created beauty!!

  5. Great quote, Nancy. So simple to become a saint if we let go of our "internal agendas" and live from moment to moment doing God's will. So, yes, I do want to become a saint:) Now, if I could just "let go and let God"! I've long since realized that His idea of sanctity and my own do not match.

    Great painting!

  6. Yes, Mary, it is simple to become a saint IF... but it's what comes after the "if" that snags me up! Letting go of my internal agendas.. hmmm, nope, I'm not quite (strikethrough that word) not at ALL there yet. And oh, I so want to do His will! But moment to moment?...welll...

    I pray we will have grace to let go and let God MAKE US SAINTS!

  7. Both the words and the painting are just lovely!

  8. Thank you so much, Monica. I've just been looking at the art on your site, and I am struck by the talent God has given you. How wonderful that you're using it for His glory!

  9. oh this Saint!! I have learned so much from his perspective on life. desiring to be a saint is the main way i get all the housework done.
    I am your newest follower.

  10. Thanks so much, mom of 8 (congratulations on such blessings!!!!!!!!). As a mom and now very busy grandma, I like the "saintly perspective" that it's right in the nitty gritty (and often reeeaaly grimy)of day to day life that "sainthood happens." So we'll keep goin' for it.....

  11. I'm certainly trying to be a Saint, but thinking about it makes me realize how much work I have to do. Although, I too have realized that It's not in the BIG ideas or BIG events that Saintliness is cultivated.

    Blessings to you Nancy ... I'm popping over to your other blog to see what's up there. Have a delightful week.

  12. - - Holly - I, too, am relieved that it's not in the big ideas or events that saintliness is cultivated. But boy... I still have such a long way to go in the LITTLE things! SIGH. Thank the Lord for His great mercy.

    - - Colleen - I'm so glad you're here. WELCOME! Thank you for sharing St. Therese's realization. We all (who are "visiting here") have this desire, or we wouldn't be talking about this!! So we can thank God that HE wants it to happen, and even more than we even do. Imagine.

  13. Nancy, you have ANOTHER awesome blog! Wonderful! Count me in with the wannabee saints, but gee, the longer I try the more I see how far I have to go! That faithfulness to the everyday stuff is much harder than it seems :) But we keep trying...

    So happy to have found you and your beautiful blogs.


  14. Thank you for this succint post and wonderful picture, Ms. Nancy. My back almost broke the other day weeding and your post just made my day. Duty=sainthood indeed.

  15. - - Patricia, thanks so much!! I am apparently late in responding to this, because until I looked back at this screen I thought I HAD responded. We shall go forward together as wannabees....!

    - - Anabelle, I really appreciate your letting me know this was helpful (I was so glad to find that picture). I hope your back is well rested by now!