Sunday Devotional: We are all called to be saints!

Revelation 7:9-14

After this I had a vision of a great multitude,
which no one could count,
from every nation, race, people, and tongue.
They stood before the throne and before the Lamb,
wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands.
They cried out in a loud voice:

“Salvation comes from our God, who is seated on the throne,
and from the Lamb.”

All the angels stood around the throne
and around the elders and the four living creatures.
They prostrated themselves before the throne,
worshiped God, and exclaimed:

“Amen. Blessing and glory, wisdom and thanksgiving,
honor, power, and might
be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”

Then one of the elders spoke up and said to me,
“Who are these wearing white robes, and where did they come from?”
I said to him, “My lord, you are the one who knows.”
He said to me,
“These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress;
they have washed their robes
and made them white in the Blood of the Lamb.”

saints in Heaven2
Today is All Saints’ Day — the day when we remember and honor the saints.
Do not be intimidated by the word “saint” — it simply means “holy.”
The Oxford Dictionary defines “holy” as a person who is dedicated to God, who is morally and spiritually excellent.
Today is the feast day of all the saints, whose numbers are far greater than those formally declared as such by the Catholic Church.
Among the many things that distress me about the Church today is how rarely, if ever, priests mention the saints in their homilies. That puzzles me because the saints are our role models. They were, like us, wholly imperfect human beings. As an example, St. Jerome (331-420) is described as “By nature an irascible man with a sharp tongue” who “made enemies as well as friends” — which goes to show that one doesn’t have to be “perfect” to be a saint!

1 John 3:1-3

See what love the Father has bestowed on us
that we may be called the children of God.
Yet so we are.
The reason the world does not know us
is that it did not know him.
Beloved, we are God’s children now;
what we shall be has not yet been revealed.
We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him,
for we shall see him as he is.
Everyone who has this hope based on him makes himself pure,
as he is pure.

Coming Home
God created us so that we eventually will join Him in Heaven for all eternity. Since saints are holy, and only holy people will see God face to face, that means we are all called to be saints.
This morning, on All Saints’ Day, I’ll say it outright:

I want to be a saint!
And I want all of you to be saints!

Please join me in making the same affirmation. And let us help each other to become saints.
The Greatest Commandment is to love God with our whole hearts, our whole souls, our whole minds, and with all our strength.
May the peace and joy and love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,

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4 years ago

I want us all to be saints too!
May the work we do find favor in the eyes of our Lord.

Auntie Lulu
Auntie Lulu
4 years ago

This is the most beautiful and soul satisfying lesson you have brought to us; that is we strive for holiness, we may live in the presence of God in Eternity. I pray that all of us may be together at that great day, with all our families also. God Bless you Dr Eowyn.

4 years ago

Beautiful devotion Dr. Eowyn. Thank You for sharing. I wish for all of us to be washed pure in the blood of Jesus and be holy and become heavenly saints. I want us to glow from His love and truth so any demon who sees us knows we are forgiven and protected by The Almighty One and recedes into his shadows of darkness and fear. We are earthly saints who are armored by the protections of the Lord: “12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this… Read more »

4 years ago

Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this superb post! Mother Angelica always opened her show with, “We are all called to be saints.” We must appreciate our family in the Church Triumphant. As the liturgical readings set forth by Dr. Eowyn, confirm the importance of the saints, let us make this goal for ourselves, also helping our spouses to become saints.