Sunday, August 5, 2012
Portrait of a... Saint?
I've posted several quotes here about the call we have to sainthood. Thinking of this recently, I came across something I'd written in 1990. I could scribble these words as easily today......
Am I called to be a saint? Of course I am. I am called to be with God forever in heaven - that is sainthood. Am I called to be a saint on earth? Of course I am. I am called to give my life to Him in heroic abandon as He enables me, and I am called to love my neighbor in perfect charity, and I am called to be holy and good and dead to self on earth. But how easy it is to say 'I want to be a saint' when I sit in perfect comfort.
What a different story when the tiniest little thing crosses the rosy self-made path I've envisioned and the flames of sacrifice nip at my will.
What a saint I then become - grumbling on the guillotine and cursing the very instruments of sainthood.
(from The Cloistered Heart, 2008 edition, p. 13)