We are all called to holiness. Our life here on earth is one in which we are meant to grow in holiness, become saints and offer to the Church and the world an example of faithful Christian living.
If we’re to become saints, we should remember that the saints are no different from us. There are some of them who, from their earliest years, received extraordinary graces, visions and mystical gifts, but even these were not excluded from the temptations and difficulties of human life. In fact, often these challenges were greater for them.
Most of the saints had to inch their way through life, leaning on the gospel and sustained, often in the darkness of faith, by what God in his providence provided. They faced the same joys and sorrows as we do, but they rose to the challenge, drank deeply of the cup of sustenance God offered, and moved forward. Each of them opened their hearts and lives to the Holy Spirit and allowed him give them his gifts and his fruits. The same is to be said for us.
So how do we follow in the footsteps of the saints?
We can’t make ourselves holy, only God can do that. What we can do is work with God through prayer and try to live our faith well.
Books for future saints
Below, we have outlined books that act as guidebooks on Christian living. These are not the only books needed to become saints, and we recommend that at the very least they go hand in hand with frequent prayer, learning about the faith, reading Scripture, and of course receiving the sacraments frequently. Yet what these books can do for you is help you with practical suggestions and inspiration on how to live.
Thus it is evident to everyone, that all the faithful of Christ of whatever rank or status, are called to the fullness of the Christian life and to the perfection of charity; by this holiness as such a more human manner of living is promoted in this earthly society. In order that the faithful may reach this perfection, they must use their strength accordingly as they have received it, as a gift from Christ. They must follow in His footsteps and conform themselves to His image seeking the will of the Father in all things. They must devote themselves with all their being to the glory of God and the service of their neighbor. In this way, the holiness of the People of God will grow into an abundant harvest of good, as is admirably shown by the life of so many saints in Church history. (Lumen Gentium 40)