“Then Abraham said, ‘If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.'” Lk 16 : 31
“Once I get more delicious food in my belly, then I’ll be a Saint”
“Once I can get housing and a good job, then I’ll be a Saint.”
“Once Jack stops making his stupid little comments, then I’ll be a Saint.”
“Once we can enjoy physical intimacy without the burdens of parenthood, then I’ll be a Saint.”
“Once I get that big promotion and a new car, then I’ll be a Saint.”
It’s really tempting to think if we had this or that thing or if our life situation were different, it would be easier. With that wishful thinking, it’s easy to put things off until tomorrow, and to “live a little” today.
Lent helps to show us our smallness, and that temptation rages no matter who we are, what we have, or what goals we attain. The great Catholic Tradition teaches that we are locked in a spiritual war against “the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” Eph 6 : 12.
In this life, there is no insignificant person, and no insignificant fight. Each person takes the battlefield and marches under the banner that they choose. We are all stamped with the image of God, and are called to push our way to him, with his grace.
St. Thomas Aquinas was once asked how to become a Saint. He replied quickly, “Will it.”
We can often think that one thing or another would make life easier, but we live in the most prosperous time of human history. Things might get even better-hopefully they do. But we can’t lose sight of the main thing about Sainthood-to be responsive to his grace, and to will it.
…Then, we’ll be Saints.