Monday, June 08, 2015

How to be a Saint

In today's Gospel we see Jesus as the new Moses, the new law-giver.  With Moses, however, the law was written by the finger of God upon stone tablets.  With Jesus, it is God himself writing the law upon the heart.  Moses gave a list of things not to do.  Jesus gives a list of blessings, a "how to be a saint" list...

1. Blessed are the poor in spirit - To be a saint I must work on a spirit of detachment.  The blessing of being poor in spirit means that I am able to differentiate between the gift and the Giver.  St. Francis of Assisi is a great example of this beatitude.

2. Blessed are those who mourn - To be a saint I must develop a deep love for others and their cares.  The blessing of mourning means that I am able to feel the suffering of others in my own heart.  The Blessed Mother is a great example of this beatitude.

3. Blessed are the meek - To be a saint I must put others first.  The blessing of meekness means I will live a life of JOY - Jesus, Others, You.  St. Vincent de Paul is a great example of this beatitude.

4. Blessed are those that hunger and thirst for righteousness - To be a saint I must work for well being of others.  The blessing of  this desire means that I will work for the well being, physical and spiritual, of those around me.  Blessed Mother Theresa of Calcutta is a great example of this beatitude.

5. Blessed are the merciful - To be a saint I must develop the practice of mercy.  The blessing of being merciful means that I assume the best about others and their intentions.  Saint John Paul II is a great example of this beatitude.

6. Blessed are the pure in heart - To be a saint I must keep focused on God in all things.  The blessing of being pure in heart means that I would prefer death rather than to commit one sin.  St. Maria Goretti is a great example of this beatitude.

7. Blessed are the peacemakers - To be a saint I must work toward peace.  The blessing of being a peacemaker means that I will work to heal even the smallest divisions in the world around me.  St. Rita is a great example of this beatitude.

8. Blessed are those who are persecuted - To be a saint I must be willing to endure persecution.  The blessing of persecution means that I am willing to lose my life for the love of God and His will.  St. Maximillian Kolbe is a great example of this beatitude.

"Saints are not abnormal cases to be studied by a modernistic doctor.  The were - they are - normal, with flesh like yours.  And they conquered." - St. Josemaria Escriva.

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