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Lent with the Saints: Do You Want to Be a Saint?

Feb 26, 2020
Lent with the Saints: Do You Want to Be a Saint?

Joel 2:12–18; Psalm 51:3–4, 5–6, 12–13, 17; 2 Corinthians 5:20—6:2; Matthew 6:1–6, 16–18

In The Seven Storey Mountain, the Trappist monk and spiritual writer Thomas Merton explains how, when asked by his friend Robert Lax what he, Merton, wanted to be, he replied that he wanted to be a good Catholic. Lax, a poet and mystic, told him, “What you should say is that you want to be a saint.” Merton deferred, conscious of his own failings and inadequacies. But Lax persisted: “All that is necessary to be a saint is to want to be one.” By desiring sainthood, Lax said, we consent to become what God has created us to be. God, in turn, will make us saints.

As we begin these lenten meditations with the saints, it may be helpful to remember that the foundation of Lent is our baptismal identity with Christ. This season prepares those who seek Christ for baptism; those already baptized use this time to renew that identity. In singling out exceptional followers of Christ, we don’t want to forget that all Christians should desire to live forever in the eternal life of God. Such a goal is the fulfillment of our Christian identity. That’s another way to describe sainthood. And it’s also a good goal for our lenten prayer and practice.


Today's Action

Who is your favorite saint? Read the life of that saint, whether online or in a book about saints, and choose some of the saint’s qualities that might influence your lenten observances.



God of our conversion, lead us to sainthood through our lenten journey.
May we embrace this time of penance in a spirit of prayer.
May we fast from all that distracts us from you.
May we come to the aid of those in need.
At journey’s end, may we find ourselves renewed as members of the body of Christ,
in whose name we pray. Amen.

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Wed, 02/10/2021 - 03:46 AM
We have a group called “Wanna B Saints” We study a different saint every 2 weeks. So far 170 Saints. We pray a litany of all each time.
Sun, 03/14/2021 - 11:31 AM
Please add me to Wanna B saints study.. Thank you!!!!
Sun, 03/14/2021 - 10:39 PM
Pray please that saint that fights diagnosis of cancer not be. Rebuke diseases. My poor mom died from cancer. Now, my body is acting up and cancer gene wanting to torment my body
Sat, 11/27/2021 - 02:49 PM
A little late, but of course
Fri, 04/02/2021 - 05:33 PM
I would like to join.
Wed, 05/19/2021 - 09:14 AM
Please add me to your study group of the saints. Thank you.
Sat, 09/18/2021 - 06:45 PM
Hi there! Can you please add me? I would love to be a part of this group. Many Blessings!
Amber Major
Thu, 10/07/2021 - 10:10 AM
Amber Major
Can I please be added to Wanna B Saints?
Briggette Ann Blalock
Sun, 12/05/2021 - 06:36 PM
Briggette Ann Blalock
I want to be a saint, and please add me to your list. Thank you. Peace be with you.
Thu, 03/25/2021 - 03:52 AM
I pray JESUS to help you against the cancer gene. Your faith shall set you free. Surrender to JESUS
Mon, 06/07/2021 - 11:17 PM
I’d like to join the group. Prayers and blessings to you all!
Sun, 06/20/2021 - 06:11 PM
It has always been my innate desire to live a life of holiness, but each time I tried, I seemed to always fall back to my sins. Yet, deep in my heart I have that desire to live a holy life. Pls what shall I do? Help me.
Sat, 08/28/2021 - 01:21 AM
Yes I want to be a saint too. Pls may I join your group ? Thank you and God bless ???? Viva Cristo Rey ?
Wed, 09/08/2021 - 03:47 PM
this is the best
Fri, 09/10/2021 - 01:22 PM
you are not alone troy
Fenn rau
Mon, 09/13/2021 - 08:49 PM
Fenn rau
I agree too troy

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