Becoming a Saint


There is only one tragedy in the end: Not to have been a saint.
Charles Péguy

At some point you’ve gotta do more than just flirt with Jesus.
Bob Lesnefsky a.k.a. Righteous B

Become a saint, and do so quickly.
Saint John Paul the Great

If you will look into your own heart in complete honesty, you must admit that there is one and only one reason why you are not a saint: you do not wholly want to be one.
William Law

Do you know any better way to make saints than to be one yourself?
Peter Kreeft

Be not afraid! Open wide the doors to Christ!
Saint John Paul the Great

Do not be afraid to become the saints of the new millennium!
Saint John Paul the Great

In one way or another, holiness is always the way of the cross.

I think nobody alive today is a more powerful agent of conversion than someone like Mother Teresa. You can refute arguments but not her life. When she came to the National Prayer Breakfast and lectured President Clinton about abortion, he had nothing to say to her. He can’t argue with a saint. It’s too bad there isn’t an easier way, because becoming a saint is not the easiest thing in the world. It’s much easier to become an apologist or a philosopher or a theologian.
Peter Kreeft

If you are what you should be, you will set the world on fire.
Saint Catherine of Siena

To be a saint is to will the one thing.
Søren Kierkegaard

The saints are the only really happy people on earth.
Father John Hardon, S.J.

The great saint may be said to mix all his thoughts with thanks. All goods look better when they look like gifts.
G.K. Chesterton

Take courage! Fix your gaze on our saints.
Pope Benedict XVI

Think well. Speak well. Do well. These three things, through the mercy of God, will make a man go to Heaven.
Saint Camillus de Lellis

We’re on the field and the stands are packed with the saints who are constantly rooting us on.
Father John Riccardo

The real heroes, the real celebrities, are the saints. They’re the only ones worth imitating.
Father John Riccardo

Great saints have often been made out of great sinners, but not one was ever made out of a wimp.
Peter Kreeft

Be a salmon!
Ellie Scheid

Saints didn’t set out to have everyone follow them. Saints set out to follow Jesus, and others followed them in their pursuit of Him.
Mark Hart

He died for us. Why not live for Him?

How monotonously alike all the great tyrants and conquerors have been: how gloriously different the saints
C.S. Lewis

It is a dangerous thing to be satisfied with ourselves.
Saint Teresa of Ávila

Those who risk all for God will find that they have both lost all and gained all.
Saint Teresa of Ávila

The road to holiness goes through your neighbor.

You are not defeated until the moment you quit.
Father Mike Schmitz

Saints are made when no one is looking.
Conor Klaers

Those who have themselves for a spiritual director have a fool for a spiritual director.
Saint Philip Neri

Great saints are never wimps.
Peter Kreeft

Saints have to be tough as well as tender because saints are like Christ, and Christ was the toughest and the tenderest man who ever lived.
Peter Kreeft

Dear Jesus, that’s it. No more crap. For now on, I’m all in. Love, Anna.
Prayer written on the inside cover of a high school student’s Bible

Be a saint – What else is there?
Patrick Coffin

Any Christian who is not a hero is a pig.
Léon Bloy

You cannot be half a saint. You must be a whole saint or no saint at all.
Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

Why don’t you give yourself to God once and for all… really… NOW!
Saint Josemaría Escrivá

The Lord delights in every little step you take.
Saint Francis de Sales

You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working, and just so, you learn to love by loving. All those who think to learn in any other way deceive themselves.
Saint Francis de Sales

To begin is for everyone. To persevere is for saints.
Saint Josemaría Escrivá

Follow the saints, because those who follow them will become saints.
Pope Saint Clement I

There is no saint without a past, and no sinner without a future.
Saint Augustine

Becoming a saint should be the #1 thing on your to-do list.
Sarah Letscher and Sam Rocheford

God has not called you to be successful. He has called you to be faithful.

Holiness never goes out of fashion.
Pope Benedict XVI

The real challenge the rich young man faced was not just giving up his possessions, but giving up himself. The last command Jesus says (“Come, follow me”) is the one that we so often overlook and think that he must have left Jesus simply because he liked his green bills.
George Weigel

If He isn’t Lord of all, He isn’t Lord at all.
Curtis Martin

There is nothing more practical than love. Love will determine how you spend your time. Love will determine what movies you watch. Love will determine what kinds of things you laugh at. Love will determine what kind of music you listen to. If we truly love Jesus, it has to change our choices.
Father Mike Schmitz

If you want to get wet, go out to where it is raining; If you want to be a saint, find one and hang out with him.
Peter Kreeft

There comes a time when one has to stop talking about becoming a saint and actually start choosing to be one.

If becoming a saint were easy, everyone would do it.

There’s no way up but down.
Father Barron

Indecision is a decision.
Jason Evert

Do not be satisfied with mediocrity.
Saint John Paul the Great

To be saints is not a privilege for the few, but a vocation for everyone.
Pope Francis

A fish will never be freer and happier than when it swims in the ocean, because that’s what it was made for. You will never be freer and happier than when you live like a saint, because that is what you were made for.
From the book Theology of the Body for Teens: Middle School Edition

If we let Christ into our lives, we lose nothing, nothing, absolutely nothing of what makes life free, beautiful, and great.
Pope Benedict XVI

Holiness is heroism.
Father Robert Barron

Being a saint doesn’t happen overnight, so get to work!
Dustin Dallman

Sadly, many Catholic men have believed the lie that being holy isn’t manly, and that the faith is boring. But holiness is for men. There is nothing more difficult, rewarding, or manly than becoming a saint.
Sam Guzman

When you put your trust in God you can finally relax.
Father Kevin Finnegan

God will give me everything I need to get to Heaven, not everything I want to live a comfortable life.
Father Kevin Finnegan

Giving God permission to make you a saint will ruin your life.
Mark Hart

God has a plan to get to you, but how many people have a plan to get to God?
Father Mike Schmitz

You are currently as close to God as you want to be.

In order to move forward, you have to look back.
Matt Maher

I will attempt day by day to break my will into pieces. I want to do God’s Holy Will, not my own.
Saint Gabriel Possenti

Being a missionary will not get you to Heaven. Personal holiness will.
Katie O’Donnell

Bloom where you’re planted.

Dear young people, let us not be satisfied with a mediocre life.
Pope Francis

If you aren’t changing your schedule to follow Jesus, you are not a disciple of Jesus.
Father Mike Schmitz

God has great plans for you today… creative and unexpected means by which He will make you a saint. He needs only your joyful submission to His plan.
Mark Hart

The slightest cooperation with God’s grace can provoke a massive spiritual change.
Father Robert Barron

He will provide the way and the means, such as you could never have imagined. Leave it all to Him, let go of yourself, lose yourself on the Cross, and you will find yourself entirely.
Saint Catherine of Siena

You will not see anyone who is truly striving after his spiritual advancement who is not given to spiritual reading.
Saint Athanasius of Alexandria

Our perfection does not consist of doing extraordinary things, but to do the ordinary well.
Saint Gabriel Possenti

Sometimes holiness demands that we speak up, but oftentimes it calls us to shut up.
Mark Hart

May we know You more clearly, love You more dearly, and follow You more nearly, day by day.
Saint Richard of Chichester 

The holier you get the more your confessions should be not about big sins, but about choosing smaller goods over bigger goods.

It’s funny how the closer you get to God, the more you realize how far you are from Him.
Mark Hart

You don’t become a saint by comparing yourself to a sinner.
Mark Hart

What annoys us most in other people is oftentimes the same area God wants us to grow in ourselves.
Mark Hart

In middle school, people thought I would play baseball for the rest of my life. In high school, people thought I would be in detention for the rest of my life. In undergrad, no one had any clue what I would do for the rest of my life. Then I fell in love with Jesus and now I will try and make Him famous for the rest of my life.
Stephen Estes

O my God, teach me to be generous, to serve you as you deserve to be served, to give without counting the cost, to fight without fear of being wounded, to work without seeking rest, and to spend myself without expecting any reward, but the knowledge that I am doing your holy will. Amen.
Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Love to be unknown.
Saint Philip Neri

All the science of the saints is included in these two things: To do, and to suffer. And whoever had done these two things best, has made himself most saintly.
Saint Francis de Sales

Holiness consists simply in doing God’s will, and being just what God wants us to be.
Saint Thérèse of Lisieux

God made saints out of far worse people than you.
Mark Hart

Every Catholic is one good Confession away from potential sainthood.
Patrick Madrid

It is in our darkest cultures that the greatest saints rise, stand, and lead.
Mark Hart

The harm that comes to souls from the lack of reading holy books makes me shudder… What power spiritual reading has to lead to a change of course, and to make even worldly people enter into the way of perfection.
Saint Padre Pio

Conversion is a continuous adventure.

Where most men work for degrees after their names, we work for one before our names: Saint.
Mother Angelica

One earns paradise with one’s daily task.
Saint Gianna Molla

The best saints usually went through the worst things which in turn helped make them the best saints.

Saints are rarely made in the spotlight and often made in the hidden martyrdom of daily sacrifice.
Christina Mead

I’m not here to win friends and influence people. I’m here to do God’s Will.
Mother Angelica

Becoming a saint should be on your bucket list.
Owen Hoerner

The saints love a good fight.
Bishop Robert Barron 

Give what you have and the Lord will work miracles.
Archbishop Bernard Head 

The fact is, we’re all leaky vessels and we have to keep right under the fountain all the time to keep full of Christ, and so have a fresh supply.
Dwight L. Moody

There’s nothing more beautiful than a soul alive in Jesus Christ. As Pope Benedict XVI said, “The ultimate apologetic (that is, answers to people’s questions about faith), is saints…” When we meet people who are truly alive—when we encounter saints—all our questions seem to fade. We just want what they have.
Chris Stefanick

When you give your life to Christ you’re in for the ride of your life.
Bishop Robert Barron

Step 1. Write a list of reasons you just can’t become a saint.
Step 2. Tear it up. God doesn’t believe in your list. He believes in you.
Mark Hart

My vocation is love.
St. Thérèse of Lisiuex

The two kind of people that go around seeing the world as absolutely fascinating are children and saints.
Fr. Mike Schmitz

Many people inherited their Christian faith. But at some point they have to make it their own.

Keep the crucifix before your eyes, and it will teach you everything. It will train you to the longview.
Elizabeth Scalia

In the ways of God, he who does not progress loses ground.
Father Reginald Garigou-Lagrange

The only difference between the saints and us is that they took action.
Father Mike Schmitz

The biggest lie we tell ourselves: “Holiness is for someone else”.
Matthew Kelley

A holy person is not whoever does the greatest thing. A holy person is whoever does the task right before him or her out of love.
Father Kevin Finnegan

Be often reading the lives of saints for inspiration and instruction.
Saint Philip Neri

Begin where you are. It’s the only place you can begin.

You’re happiest when you give your life away.
Rick Warren

You have now reached the age in your life where you are now responsible for your eternal destiny. You have been spoon-fed the faith since you were a little baby, but you must now choose on your own.
Jason Evert

The decision you make today could lead to your martyrdom 40 years from now. The decision you make today may determine where your grandchildren spend forever. The weight and the gravity of the human will to say yes or no for Christ is upon you.
Jason Evert

All of us are called to come and die one way or another: Some bloody martyrdom 40 years from now or it might be to just go home and die to my own ego and ask for forgiveness from my family. Jesus invites everyone to come and die.
Jason Evert

Perfection is the only path forward. The only way out of this place. And God offers it all to you at the cost of your continual cooperation.
Matthew Warner

The most powerful people in the Church are not priests but saints.
Bishop Robert Barron

There are no sinless saints.
Elizabeth Foss

Much of being a Christian is continually deciding to be one.
John F. Boyle

If you do this one thing you will become a saint. If you don’t do it, you never will. The one thing is this: Let Jesus interrupt your life.
Father Mike Schmitz

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