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Becoming a Saint One Day at a Time

potters_wheel[1]God calls us each to holiness, to sainthood.

Every day, each experience we have helps us grow in our faith and in our purpose: to achieve holiness; to become saints; to fully become the person God intends us to be.

Each experience, then, has the potential to be “purgative.” Purgation is a process that gets us ready for God. Just as God’s grace was given to the martyrs, so it is given to us to grow in holiness and towards sainthood.

In this process, it is imperative to see God as the Potter and know that we are the clay. Each experience, then, is given over to God for His guidance and our growth. Sainthood means allowing God to mold us just as a Potter molds clay. (Isaiah 64:7)

Everything we experience is an opportunity to grow in our holiness. God can “make us worthy and powerfully bring to fulfillment every good purpose” by giving us circumstances that cause us to depend on Him, to trust in Him, and to respond according to His will

In other words, through our circumstances we allow God to mold us into a loving, forgiving, humble person versus a bitter, frustrated, angry person. (2 Thessalonians 2:11-12)

During this process, our passions can take us places that we may not have ever dreamed of and thus do things that are completely unique to each of us. In these places we cannot be lukewarm Catholics—we are expected to be on fire for our faith so that God can use us to build up the kingdom! In this the Year of Faith, it is important to ask God to ignite our passions so that you can serve Him. It is time to pray that God saves us from a lukewarm existence where we neither serve Him nor grow in our holiness.  (Revelation 3:15-16)

We each have received different blessings from God. Maybe we have good health or we have a rewarding career. Is intelligence or a great marriage our blessing? God’s blessings are another way that we can grow in holiness towards our sainthood. For God to mold us into sainthood with our blessings, we have to actively offer them back to God. We have to honor God with them. They aren’t meant to stockpile but to serve.  (Proverbs 3:5-10)

For many of us, the most profound way that God is able to mold us is through our sufferings and our struggles. In our weakest, most vulnerable moments, when there seems to be no hope nor any other solution, we crawl to the foot of the cross and lay our cares upon Christ who died for us. Oftentimes, before we make that journey to the cross, we mistakenly think we are able to take care of ourselves and thus miss the opportunities to grow in holiness and towards sainthood. (2 Corinthians 12:10)

When we are pleading for God to reach down from heaven and touch us—and give us “signs”—it is probably time to take a step back and look at the people with whom our paths have crossed. God uses all the people—family and friends and critics and adversaries alike—to mold us. Each person has been placed in our life for a reason: to grow in holiness and become a saint. Whether the person has put a stone in our path making it more difficult, or has removed one, each person can help us each reach our goal of sainthood! (Mark 16:2-6)

In all things, through all circumstances, and throughout each day, God desires each of us to grow in holiness towards sainthood. This can only happen when we allow Him to be the Potter and recognize that we are the clay.


Cheryl Dickow is a Catholic wife, mother, author and speaker. Cheryl’s newest book is Miriam: Repentance and Redemption in Rome. It is the sequel to her first fiction book Elizabeth: A Holy Land Pilgrimage. Both are available in paperback, Kindle, or Nook format. Her company is Bezalel Books where her goal is to publish great Catholic books for families and classrooms that entertain while uplifting the Catholic faith and is located at www.BezalelBooks.com. To invite Cheryl to speak at your event, write her at Cheryl@BezalelBooks.com or phone her at 248.917.3865.

 


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  • noelfitz

    This is a brilliant outstanding article, which should be read with care and considered by us all.

    I read here
    “through our circumstances we allow God to mold us into a
    loving, forgiving, humble person versus a bitter, frustrated, angry
    person. (2 Thessalonians 2:11-12).

    Many articles in CL reflect (it seems) bitter, frustrated angry views. The appearance is given that the US has as its principal objective the killing of babies, and that the US is corrupt. As an admirer of America I disagree. America is the leading country in the world and in Catholicism.

    It has never been as Catholic as it is now. I visited the US embassy in Dublin yesterday and saw photos of three people displayed Barack Obama, Joe Biden and John Kerry, two of these are Catholic. Most of the supreme court members are Catholic.

    In the past the US was anti-Catholic, but now it is a more tolerant open society. God bless America.

    I have checked recent CL article, and am very encouraged to see that some are positive, optimistic and help to built us up and draw us closer to God. This is great.

    I really want (and need) solid positive Catholic encouragement.

    • david

      Your post is concerning:
      America has lots of Catholics both faithful and completely unfaithful, but the government officials you speak of do everything in bold, open and direct opposition to Catholic teaching! America is the leading country in the world for many things, really good and really bad, I would suggest the USA does NOT lead the world in Catholicism!! There are places that are FAR more Catholic, and this tolerance you speak of only exists and is focused and driven by neo-facist/communistic minority groups who are constantly attacking religious freedoms and donating heaps of money to the so called Catholics you speak of, which in turn means they are being completely intolerant of religious Christians and fundamental freedoms to practice faith in the USA.
      People are frustrated because leaders are destroying our freedoms and not listening to the people. Not to Catholic or free really.
      The only encouragement we should have is we currently have enough freedom in the currunt environment to take the message of Christ and fight it out in public, even though much of the current legal system is totally against religious or constituational freedoms. The sugar coated view you pose is deceptive in that it could convince people to live in a lull where no action is taken when in reality things are sliding down the slippery slope real fast

  • cheryl dickow

    Thank you, Noel for your kind and encouraging words about the article. May God bless you in your journey.