“The Christian life is the continuation and completion of the life of Christ in us.”—John Eudes, as quoted by Bert Ghezzi in Voices of the Saints
Today calls us to such joy! We celebrate all the holy men and women who have won the race and made it to heaven. Their example and intercession gives me hope that I can do it, too. But how do I continue Christ’s life through mine? How do I become a saint?
As an ordinary person, I may never be called to cloistered life or receive the stigmata. But, I can cheerfully get up fifteen minutes early to make my husband a cup of coffee, so he starts his day feeling loved. I can stop all my busy-ness to stop and look in my daughter’s eyes while she tells me about the picture she just drew, so she feels acknowledged and appreciated. I can let the sleep-deprived new mom standing behind me in the grocery store go ahead of me, so she can have a moment of relief in the midst of a crushingly exhausting day. When I die to myself in these small ways to make a gift of myself to others, I choose to continue Christ’s life in the world, while I hope and pray with the communion of saints that he will complete his life in me one day in heaven.
On this Solemnity of all Saints, take a moment to contemplate how you can make a gift of yourself to others. How can you be Christ to those in your life today? How can you serve the Christ in them? When you do even one thing to make someone’s life easier and more pleasant today, you do it to Christ, and that is what sainthood is all about.