What do you want to be when you grow up?

One of the best conversations I ever had with a little boy was during a Pilgrimage to the Mother Cabrini Shrine in Colorado. It was a hot summer day. There were probably about one hundred people gathered at the foot of a mountain. We had a long way to go… singing and praying as a community. At a pilgrimage like this one, you get to meet a lot of people while mingling with different people all day long. At one point I was talking to Liam, a five year old. We were talking about different things and at one point I asked him, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I was amazed by his answer; “I am going to be a saint.” This little one spoke with conviction about becoming a saint!

Today we celebrate All Saints Day, a solemnity that reminds us of all those who “fought the good fight” living their lives to the fullest some of them even until death. Sometimes we forget that this celebration should also remind us of our own call to holiness, our call to aim high! Yes, we all have been born to be saints. That’s the goal of our lives. How serious do we take this task?

Who is a saint? Sometimes people have the idea that a saint is a person that was born that way who is full of virtues with no sin at all. That’s not actually true. Saints were people like us with weaknesses, sins, struggles and hardships. What make them so special is that they were able to put all those things behind them to be like Christ. The Church recognizes their heroic virtue and canonizes them so that we may look up to them to learn from their own experience how to “fight the good fight” and to ask for their intercession to obtain for us God’s graces so that we can also be happy, fulfilled to finally reach our heavenly home.

Often times we tend to get a little used to things forgetting that the purpose of our life is. That’s why it’s important to stop sometimes to look at how we are living today and think how our daily choices take us to get closer or farther from our goal. Remember that it’s never too late to change. Do you have a saint you look up to? What do you want to be when you grow up?

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