What is a Saint?

What is a Saint?

Ten Glimpses of Sainthood:

  1. “A saint is a little Christ. Not only do we see Christ through His saints, as we see a light through a stained glass window, but we also understand the saints only through Christ, as we understand eggs only through chickens.” (Peter Kreeft)
  2. “Life holds only one tragedy, ultimately: not to have become a saint.” (Charles Peguy)
  3. “A saint is a person who is loyal to the faith, is heroic, and is radiant.” (Baron Von Hugel)
  4. “A saint is a human being released from the love of self and enslaved by the love of God.” (Douglas Steere)
  5. “… someone who makes goodness attractive.” (L. Housman)
  6. “In his holy flirtation with the world, God occasionally drops a handkerchief. These handkerchiefs are called saints.” (Frederick Buechner)
  7. “… ordinary men and women whose divine spark has been fanned into its highest purpose.” (Thomas Kepler)
  8. “… a quiet and holy people. They have discovered a joy which is a thousand times better than any pleasures of this sinful life. They are despised and persecuted, but they care not. They have overcome the world.” (Cyprian of Carthage, 250 AD)
  9. “… anyone who God chooses to set apart for His noble purposes, and who then cooperates with His plans.” (S. Larson)
  10. “If you will consult your own soul with complete honesty, you will see that there is one and only one reason why you are not even now a saint: you do not wholly want to be.” (William Law)