Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Saints and Sinners

The Cistercian monk, Don Marco (Fr. Mark Daniel Kirby, O.Cist.) is a light in the monastic window for those of us who are trying to make our way in a noisy and confused world. "There is no such thing as a happy sinner," Dom Marco wrote in a recent post on his Vultus Christi, "and there is no such thing as a miserable saint."
You will never become saint unless you want to be a saint. It is indispensable to say to oneself frequently, “I want to be a saint.” That is, after all, what God wants for each of us. One who says, “I want to be a saint” is simply aligning his own will with the glorious will of God. “For this is the will of God, your sanctification” (1 Th 4:3).

If, at least once a day, you say to yourself, “I want to be saint,” a number of things will happen. You will begin to adjust your perspective on life. You will set your priorities in order. Things that you judged important will become unimportant, and things that you judged unimportant will become important.

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