I was asked recently by the youth of our parish how a person becomes a saint. I explained the best I could. I told them God’s love makes a saint.

Father Paul Eberle

We have the freedom to choose to accept or deny God’s love, which he pours out upon us at every moment of our life. God’s love holds our life in existence. Our daily prayer, our heart to heart conversation with Jesus, deepens our union with him, a union that is at the heart of heaven, for heaven is not only a place but a relationship with the Trinity that is fostered here and now. To a certain extent, when all is well and we live in the freedom of our relationship with God, we already experience a bit of heaven on earth. Saints imitate Jesus, and they exude the light of Jesus. The following “Jesus Prayer” by St. John Henry Newman (1801-1890), which was recited daily after receiving Holy Communion by St. Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa) and her Sisters of Charity, is an excellent prayer we can pray daily to help us be saints.

“Dear Jesus,

help me to spread your fragrance wherever I go.

Flood my soul with your spirit and life.

Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly

that my life may only be a radiance of yours.

Shine through me and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with

may feel your presence in my soul.

Let them look up and see no longer me, but only Jesus!

Stay with me and then I will begin to shine as you shine,

so to shine as to be a light to others.

The light, O Jesus, will be all from you; none of it will be mine.

It will be you, shining on others through me.

Let me thus praise you in the way which you love best,

by shining on those around me.

Let me preach you without preaching, not by words but by example,

by the catching force, the sympathetic influence of what I do,

the evident fullness of the love my heart bears for you.  Amen.”

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