what makes someone a saint
learn what a heart of true love for god really does
What Makes Someone A Saint?
A saint is someone who died, has been raised to life and is living in Heaven.
A saint is someone, who allowed God to transform their heart into a heart of true love for Him (a heart that can accept God’s saving forgiving mercy) and then grew into an even greater love for God, which atoned for their life time of sins. This atonement, which happens through the cross, can occur on earth or in purgatory…but a full atonement must occur for someone to become a saint (to go to Heaven).
Now, because we live in a time of great darkness, many think a saint is a person who lived a greatly virtuous life, gave their life for others, or was martyred for the faith but that simply isn’t true. Well, sure a saint can and should have those qualities, but that absolutely isn’t what makes someone a saint or even saved.
If someone lives a life of great virtue (has many qualities of Christ), gives their life to the service of others and is even killed for their faith, but they haven’t allowed God to give them a heart of true contrition for their sins, they aren’t even saved. This is the truth.
We simply must remember, WE AREN’T SAVE BY OUR WORKS. Sure, the cross of martyrdom can move a soul into true contrition and even atone for one’s sins. But if someone rejects the grace from the cross, all will still be lost.
We simply must know, it is the contrition in our hearts for our sins that allows us to embrace God’s saving forgiving mercy, atone for our sins and even grow in into perfect love for God (a perfect saint).
Without GREAT sorrow for one’s offences (great love for God), no matter how many wonderful virtues or works one has or does, we aren’t a saint.
The Catholic Church has certain requirements that need to be met for a person to be canonized (recognized) on earth as a saint.
However, when the understanding of these requirements becomes confused–especially not truly understanding what is The Way to Heaven–there becomes a great problem with ensuring that true saints are being canonized.
Then we wind up mistakenly look towards emulating someone, who only did great corporal works of love, thinking their great works proved they are a saint. But sadly, they never truly loved others–since they never loved their neighbor like Christ loved them, since perhaps, they never even sought to help save the souls of those they were loving (didn’t help others to gain true sorrow for their sins).
Any person who lived with a saving faith and followed Christ, by way of the cross to sanctity, did great acts of love for others by assisting with their corporal and most certainly the spiritual needs of others. Christ didn’t just give us earthly food to eat… no; He gave us the Bread from Heaven (Himself). And if we don’t learn how to accept His saving forgiving mercy from that Bread, what hope is there for anyone?
All souls who lived with a saving faith and grew into sanctity (were forgiven and atoned for all of their sins) while on earth, did all for the love of God and the salvation of souls: helped souls to obtain true contrition for their sins (a saving faith) and then sanctity, since that was the true mission of Christ.
They truly followed Christ… all of Christ. For true saints know they can give the leopard clean skin (which is good), but if the leopard doesn’t obtain a clean soul, all will still be lost. Therefore, true saints know how someone is saved and how to truly love like Christ loved us.
But in this time of darkness, what is required to become a saint or even saved is removed from the forefront of our understanding, so we spend our lives trying to do great corporal works for others, without seeking our or others salvation. Tragic!
This deception makes it fantastically easy to canonize someone who isn’t even saved. Then who are we following? Who are we seeking to help save us? We are seeking it from someone dead. Scary!
Do we think we can become a saint if we are greatly dedicated to our family, friends and God…if we become a really good person, who answers God’s call and helps others? If so, then we are confused as to what makes someone a saint. Well, sure we can become a saint while doing those things, but that isn’t what make someone a saint.
Oh, how many of us think because we are a really “good” person and have answered God call, perhaps feel His love and see Him doing great things through us, we are becoming saints or at least saved? Sure the saints and the saved answer are “good” people, who answered God’s call, pray many prayers and do great works for God, but that isn’t what makes them saints or even saved. Plenty of damned souls do that too. Please don’t be deceived.
So, what makes a saint different from a damned soul? Well, even though for most souls, the damned and the saved look vastly different on the outside, on the inside and in every way. Yet, for many of us, who are striving to become saints but on the wrong path, on the outside we could have a very similar appearance to those who are striving correctly for true sanctity, since there are in fact slight differences, which is what separates the sheep from the goats.
“He [Jesus] will separate them [God’s children] one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep [the saved] on his right and the goats [damned] on his left.” (Matthew 25:33-33).
What is the Difference?
So, what is a true saint vs. a false saint: someone wanting to be a saint but is on the wrong path? Many of us want to become saints and will encourage others to become saints. Oh, but how many of us are leading us correctly and are actually succeeding? Let’s learn where we are going wrong.
The lost and those being saved both pray and seek to do God’s will. Both do good works and go to church, confession, etc. God can even give the lost much knowledge, trust and even miracles coming from their hands, as they perform vast works for God, but from being deceived, they will not be on the path towards sanctity.
So, where are the faithful going wrong?
You see, those being saved–those growing into true saints–do everything seeking to LOVE GOD… for His glory. Where as the lost do everything seeking to love themselves (self-glory) through what they are deceived into believing is loving God, but in reality it is far from it, since they still haven’t learned how to truly love God. And instead of seeking God’s will: to sin no more, to save His children from death and to do what He desires, the lost seek their will, being deceived into believing it is God’s. And their will might pertain some of God’s will, but it is so corrupted with sin/self-love, God’s will is not moving them or others towards life or sanctity. To learn more please read, “How to Perfectly Love God.”
Sadly, many spend our time praying bounds of prayers begging God to give us everything we wish for ourselves and others with the hopes of making our lives better, thinking we are greatly faithful, but in fact, we are greatly prideful… loving ourselves and not loving God.
“They serve me with the intention of gaining honor [friends and family to like them, success, power, talent, attention, praise, etc.] and worldly things… [they] shall never escape from the place of punishment and torment or get to see my face.”
–Jesus to St Bridget of Sweden
Deception Around Every Corner
The reason we have such a hard time becoming saints is because we don’t know what a saint would really do–what humility would do–since we are being constantly deceived through our and other’s pride.
I took a trip to Rome and was on a tour visiting St. Francis of Assisi’s tomb. The tour guide was supposed to be educating us about the life of St. Francis. However, I never heard such lies spoken about a saint. It was hard to withstand such stories and remain silent…stories that were created to JUSTIFY ONES OWN LIFE OF SIN. This happened because, how could anyone peacefully live a life opposed to the way the saints lived, since the saints way is the way to Heaven, unless we fabricate the saints lives to justify our own.
This tour guide even went so far as to say St. Francis’ last request before his death was for a friend of his to bake him his favorite cookies so he wouldn’t have to leave this world without enjoying them one more time. The horror! St. Francis rejected the pleasures of the world and lived for the cross. He was rejoicing in going to His Savior and couldn’t care less about cookies when he was dying.
Yet, these lies and ones just like these continue day after day…from saint to saint. Yes, the saints, who we should be seeking to follow to obtain Eternal Life, we don’t even know who they are or what they would really do from all of the lies.
I have read many children’s books about the lives of the saints to my children. These books aren’t written by the saints themselves but by people, who mean well, but just don’t know The Way…and boy oh boy the things they say the saints did, said or wanted are far from the truth. Much of the time, I had to edit what is written as I read it so my children wouldn’t become confused as to The Way to Heaven.
Anyone who knows The Way simply wouldn’t have claimed the saints want all of the worldly things these authors embellish their stories with. Of course these authors weren’t with the saints during their lives witnessing exactly what was said, nor did they know why the saints did what they did, nor could they know the desires of the saints’ hearts, but to make a story interesting, they filled in the blanks with what sounded good to them. But yikes, how wrong it is.
So what are we to do… not read books written by anyone other than a saint?
Well, yes. If we haven’t learned The Way correctly, which is where everyone is in the world today… and even if we have begun to become enlightened, it takes time to truly learn and not become deceived. Therefore, we can only expect to fall for much misguidance, misguidance that could lead us astray and to our doom. Please beware.
The other day I was listening to a homily about St. Benedict. And a priest, who wants to do good, but is lost in the devil’s trap since he loves the world, said Benedictine Monks are living a good moderate life and are allowed to drink beer and wine everyday… and even stated that these monks have always made the best beers, as if the path to Life involves induldgeing in the finer things in life… tragic.
Perhaps these poor monks do spend their time making beer, but this priest didn’t inform us of this tragedy to enlighten us to the loss of the faith in these monks, who have fallen into the love of the world and now find self-indulgence as acceptable, so we can avoid such living and pray for them. No, he said this in a way to promote moderately loving the world (moderately seeking self-love/sin) insinuating that what these monks are doing is good. Tragic!
So how are we to know the truth, when many are preaching lies? Well, as far as St. Benedict is concerned, it easy to see what Benedictine monks should be doing. St. Benedict’s rules are written down and St. Benedict didn’t support drinking. He only permitted wine for the weak (sickly) if needed, or to the monks who saw it as necessary for ones health, since that was the belief during that time, even though St. Benedict himself didn’t feel it was necessary.
“Duly considering the infirmity of the weak we believe that half a pint [one cup] of wine per head per day suffices but let those to whom God gives the power of the endurance of abstinence know that they shall have their due reward. But if the necessities of the place, or the work, or the heat of the summer should call for more, let it stand within the discretion of the superior to grant more, he taking all care that neither surfeiting nor drunkenness creep in.
Although we read that wine is by no means for monks, yet because in our time monks cannot be persuaded to see this, at all events let us agree as to this, that we will not drink to satiety, but somewhat sparingly; because: ‘Wine makes even the wise to fall away [because they will seek pleasure instead of the cross].'”
It is mans’ love of the world’s pleasures that has ruined St. Benedict’s Rule and made it one of self-indulgence/self-love. “Oh, we could make sacramental wine for the churches”, one monk, with good intentions might have said, and before you know it, the evil one sneaks in. Now, booze is being produced, sold for profit and indulged in as an acceptable way of life. When the monks are supposed to be living a life of wonderful discipline, prayer and sacrifice so one can spend their time loving God for the salvation of souls.
I have yet to find a single religious order today that is actually lived according to the true rules of the saints who have established them. As far as I can tell, the devil has gotten into them all. Tragic!
God calls us to Him and we answer His call, which is great. That is the path God has chosen for us to obtain Heaven. But most never grow into true love with Him and are never even saved from following a deceived path.
Oh, what good is spending our day in prayer, if our hearts still crave the world? What kind of love for God do we have? To learn more please read, “How to Perfectly Love God.”
But to know what the true saints did to obtain eternal life all we need to do is read their books, wanting to know where we are going wrong, not wanting to justify our life of sin (misinterpret what they say, trying to prove ourselves right, so we don’t have to change), but looking for how we need to change and emulate them according to God’s will.
Yet, we must know mis-guidance isn’t only found in the wrongful preaching. It is also found in false translations of the saints works and in editor’s comments of their books, and may other places, so please beware.
Oh, it is hard to come to know the truth, our sinfulness gets in the way and destroys it.
What is Missing?
The difference in between someone walking towards the path of Life and sanctity correctly and one who isn’t even trying, is found in one missing ingredient “fear of the Lord.” If we don’t have fear of the Lord (and a good amount of it)–fearing to sin against God (because we don’t want to suffer in Hell and/or because we can’t bear to offend God whom we desire to perfectly love), we can’t ever become a true saint or even saved. The more fear we have the greater chance we have to seek to love God correctly at all moments and accept His saving forgiving mercy for eternal life and sanctity.
Yet, this is what most of the world is greatly missing–fear of the Lord. To learn more please read “What is Fear of the Lord.”
The world is scared to preach it. The devil has caught our tongues, so we won’t teach the people what is really needed to be saved, and scores of souls are dying. God help us!
How Do Saints Love God?
Someone who is a saint or truly desires to become a saint can’t bear to see God suffer. It brings their heart unfathomable pain.
But how does God suffer, we might ask? God suffers because of our malice (our sins). It is our sins and our sins alone that cause God great agony. Our sins not only directly cause God’s Sacred Heart of Love unfathomable pain, each sin also caused Our Lord fantastic suffering while He was on Earth and during His crucifixion. Yes, our sins is what hurt God.
Therefore, since a saint can’t stand to see God suffer, they spend there every moment trying to grow in greater hatred for their sins, to console God and to remove at least some of His suffering by working to stop their and other’s sins. But how does a saint do that?
Well, first they try to see to it that they aren’t the ones causing God the horrendous pain…so they seek His mercy to remove all their desire for sin, so they can truly desire to love Him and not habitually choose to inflict injury upon the One they want to perfectly love.
Then as their sins are leaving, as they are striving for perfection, they do whatever works/job God has planned for them in their life to help stop others from sinning, or should I say stop others from desiring to sin, for the salvation of His children, because the loss of one soul into the eternal fire, causes unspeakable pain for Our Lord. And the saints want to do all they can to prevent this.
To do this, the saints