Chris Ackerman

Me, a saint?

When I think of the saints, I think of superheroes. I think of these crazy awesome people with super prayer powers, who were sometimes given great abilities through God’s grace, such as bi-location or levitation.

I often think of the saints as these holy people that I could never really relate to. What a rude awakening, when three years ago and again just recently, I was told that I am called to be a saint. I said to myself, “Me, a saint? No way. I’m not that holy. Surely not me.”  But lo and behold, it says right in the Catechism, paragraph 2013 ‘All are called to holiness: “Be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”‘ What else is a saint but one who follows the will of God and strives for holiness?

Well, that hit me like a stack of bricks. How can I ever be a saint?! So often, if I think something is too hard, I tend not to even try. But, it doesn’t quite work that way with holiness or sainthood. Pope Benedict breaks it down in a simple way. He says, “Often we are led to believe that sainthood is reserved to a few chosen ones… saintliness, the fullness of Christian life, does not consist in the achievement of extraordinary feats, but in uniting oneself with Christ… in making His disposition … His behavior … our own. … The Second Vatican Council, in the Constitution of the Church, speaks clearly of the universal call to sainthood, affirming that no-one is excluded.” I often look at the end goal of sainthood and get so intimidated, but it’s actually the striving or the trying to do God’s will that often sanctifies or makes one holy. Being a saint simply means that you love and cherish God’s will above all else, and that you do it. It is a constant “Yes” to God and a constant dying to myself.

I thought, “Wow, this will be so simple!” Easier said than done. The path to sainthood is a constant decision that has to be made at every moment of every day. While it is very hard to constantly say “Yes” to the Lord and “No” to myself, it is so very rewarding. So often do I think that God wants to rule over my life, making the decisions for me, but in reality, He only desires me to be truly happy and know and love Him. Living in God’s will has given me so much joy, much more than I could ever have by my own will.

I want to be a saint, and slowly, I am becoming a saint. I’m not saying that I’ve got it all together or that I am all that holy. I am, however, constantly striving to do God’s will and constantly say “Yes” to Him. That is what is making me a saint.

How is God calling you to say “Yes” to Him?

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Chris Ackerman

About the Author

During my last year of college, I felt the Lord's call to be a missionary so that I could serve Him alone. I'm crazy about the Church, and I love the Eucharist. My other loves are mowing the grass, a hot cup of coffee, and cooking great food. If you'd like to contact me, email me at [email protected]