After starting my senior year of high school I have been thinking a lot about college and what I should do in life. I actually have been thinking about it a lot before this year but it has been foremost in my thoughts particularly at this time. Trying to understand and listen to God’s will has been the most important point in this discernment process. Personally, as I am sure you all do to, I want to get to heaven. Getting to heaven means becoming a saint. Every person who is in heaven is a saint, just not many of them get that recognition here on earth.
Now before you think “There is no way that I can become a saint”, think about what it actually means to become a saint. I know what you are thinking, “Being a saint requires me to become a priest or to go into a convent. To become a saint requires me to do big things, like raise people from the dead. I do not want to become a priest or go into a convent (or a monastery if you are a guy). And I am not able to pray like Saint Theresa of Avila. Sanctity is not for me, I just could never do it.” Or at least that is to a certain extent of what I thought.
The problem with my understanding of sanctity was the fact that it was not entirely correct. Yes saints did sometimes do those great things. Nevertheless, when you look at the lives of all the saints, they all have one thing in common. This common factor that all saints have is something that anyone can do, anywhere, at any place, at any time. All the saints, both great and small, all understood that sanctity did not consist of only big things. Rather, they understood that sanctity is in doing the little things well; namely, doing the will of God in the minute parts of their life. Yes they did do God’s will in the big things, but it was in doing the will of God in the small things that enabled them to continue to follow God’s will, even when it was hard. It was in giving God these little flowers, small acts done for His glory, that allowed them to hear the words, “Well done good and faithful servant, enter into your Master’s happiness.”
So our challenge today is to become a saint. It is not something that is imposed upon us though. It is up to you if you want to hear “Well done good and faithful servant, enter into your Master’s happiness”; or to have the door closed and the Master say, “truly I tell you, I don’t know you.”, as it was for the ten virgins in Matthew 25. Jesus is offering out His hand, the choice is ours; it is up to you on which path you would like to take. “As for me… [I] will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15)