What is a saint?

A saint is somebody who has learned to love God.
Learned to love. It’s nothing extremely mystical.
It’s that a person really tries to be united to God, to love our Lord with all his heart.
To escape from that prison that we find ourselves in sometimes of our personal
selfishness and self-centeredness, which we carry with us.
In spite of the fact that we have all sorts of shortcomings and sins and so forth,
if we are striving to love our Lord with our whole strength,
that is a growing in the sanctity of life.

Fr. Jerry Gehringer
from Being a Saint in the World


(mother’s tea rose bush is blooming again / Julie Cook / 2018)

“God creates out of nothing.
Wonderful you say.
Yes, to be sure, but he does what is still more wonderful:
he makes saints out of sinners.”

Soren Kierkegaard,

9 comments on “What is a saint?

  1. Reblogged this on Talmidimblogging and commented:
    🙂 🙂

  2. Salvageable says:

    I like the Kierkegaard quote (of course)–the other one, not so much. Saints are people claimed by God and changed by him. To put the focus on the love the saints have for God misses the point. J.

    • I liked both and I’m piggybacking off the Keirkegaard quote for tomorrow’s post…but that is not to say I deem the other less than.
      I do believe that those who learn to abandon themselves to the love of God…that all consumming burning flame that not only pricks but pierces the heart and soul…
      that is what I took away.
      Learning to have an almost outter body sepeation of the old self, the old man, while embracing the saving Grace of God’s pure love is the goal..a life long goal as we will never be totally united as one with HIm until we leave this earth…but to strive toward His all consumming love

      • Salvageable says:

        I quite agree that saints should abandon themselves to the love of God. I hesitate to make that part of the definition of sainthood. As other bloggers (IB, for example) have been showing, Christians don’t always act like Christians. The always a saint/always a sinner paradox of this lifetime needs to be seen, lest we reduce sainthood to the very few exemplary Christians, which leaves me out of the party, for one. J.

      • It is what we as the faithful must ascertain to- some of us do a better job then others — works in progress we are ☺️

  3. I love that–saints of sinners! Such a gratitude-inducing thought! God’s grace is incredibly amazing!! Love you, dear Julie! ❤ ❤

  4. Dawn Marie says:

    A Saint is a sinner who fell down…and got back up. I always loved this line from a Donnie McClurkin song. Hugs to you for taking me (back) there today with his melody in my heart!

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