Do Small Things with Great Love
Be a Saint!
People often think that sainthood or holiness is reserved for extraordinary people. This is not true! The path to holiness can start anywhere, anytime. God has already hand-crafted all the details of our lives to make us holy and leads us to Him.
When we do the ordinary things of life with great love, even when we don’t feel like it, God is making us holy, right then and there. Pope Benedict XVI (2013) said that although the world offers us many comforts, we were not made for comfort, instead, he said, we were made for greatness.
This realisation can be daunting because being a saint does not always come easy. Selfishness, lack of empathy, and a myriad of other weaknesses lead us away from holiness. It is easier for us to relish in the comforts of the world than give of ourselves to others. But, with God’s help, we can all be saints.
God offers us the strength and nourishment we need through the sacraments he has given us. Through the gifts received, especially in the Eucharist, we are nourished and empowered to do the ordinary things with great love, even when we don’t feel like it.
Everyone can be a saint
The Catholic Church has a long history of saints, in fact, there are more than 10,000 saints of the Church. They were all like us, men and women who had flaws and failings. So how did they become saints? Day by day, by accepting God’s graces, their trials, and by always trying to do little things with great love, they grew in greatness, had an impact on the world, and became saints.
How can we become a saint?
- Accept difficulty and suffering with dignity.
- Use each day as a new opportunity to improve in greatness.
- Say sorry when you have hurt someone.
- Forgive those who hurt you.
- Receive the sacraments of the Eucharist as often as possible.
May we be inspired in our everyday tasks to do all we can with great love. If we do, we are all well on our way to sainthood.
Jilly Landers | Head of Mission