It is easy for me to follow Christ, pray, read the bible, talk about God when I am in the comfort of my home and with my family. Luckily, I have a close-knit Catholic family. Sometimes holiness does not seem realistic in the real world. I have read biographies of saints, but plenty lived in a very different time period or a monastery, cloister or were Jesuits. Who is the closest modern day saint to emulate? While there is no excuse for sin, ever, I have came to accept it as inevitable. When I go back to university in the fall I will be more focused on school, friends, working, etc. I will still go to mass on Sundays. I notice my relationship with God is closer when I have time.
It’s not supposed to be easy.
Maybe Archbishop Fulton Sheen (soon to be a saint, anyway). And of course- there’s the unnoticed saint. The world is full of those humble souls that leave the world a better place without much notice by the public.
It’s never been easy, though. We tend to look back with rose-colored glasses and think that everything was more innocent in the past. It simply isn’t so. Horribly immoral things were happening then, too (just flip through the Bible!) It’s true that there probably hasn’t been as atheistic and God-apathetic state as in modern times.
But while it may be harder to be Christian in some ways today, it is also a whole lot easier in others. It’s kind of the point, though- not that it would be trivial to be a good Christian were it easy- But that being a good Christian is never really easy or trivial. Even those who believe themselves to be good Christians are probably not doing enough.
Once we get comfortable and say “Oh God, thank goodness I am not a sinner like that tax collector/porn producer/abortionist/etc.” we’re lost and deceiving ourselves. It’s good that you acknowledge that you are an imperfect Christian- as are we all- that you are “a sinner”- because it means you’re on the right track.
Reading about the lives of saints is good.
It was in no way easier in their day! It’s always been a “less than holy world”.
Even in Catholic countries, not everybody is following the teachings. St Gemma Galgani lived 100 years ago in a very Catholic Italy but still people mocked her for her piety. But she just offered that suffering to God and became a saint.
Try to be a saint the best you can. Be a good example to others.
Maybe read the lives of more modern saints or blesseds.
Lol. Your last statement made me laugh. I guess keep your eyes on your on life.
Life can certainly get hectic at times. We can always do little things for Jesus during the course of our day. We don’t always have to pray in long, eloquent words. For example, when you are out with your friends, hold a door open for one of them and devote that act of kindness to Christ. When you are going about your day, be aware of God’s presence and devote your tasks to Him. Think to yourself, “Jesus, I do this for you.” It seems that many of the saints lived this way - moment to moment in Our Lord’s presence.
Things are becoming more like the times of the early Christians…
Let us look to them and follow Christ in the midst of a culture that is often contrary to the Gospel!
Of course the New Testament!
And great little novels (they are not Tolkien of course but still good- indeed nice reading fo summer vacation - start with Junia):
Read this from Pope Benedict XVI: (starting with second paragraph -but the first too is wonderful news):
It is something for us all to read frequently.
(tis very very good and important - a must read :))
St. Therese of the Child Jesus is a very good saint for you to imitate. If you have not yet read Story of a Soul, written by St. Therese, you must read it. God bless you.
Why not do something completely krazy this semester? Go do daily mass.
Does your university have a Catholic church on or near campus? Receiving the Eucharist daily will change you! Plus you can hang out with like minded Catholics, if you choose. I regret that now that I purposely chose not to align myself hardly at all with my fellow Catholics on campus. it matters a lot who we hang out with, so keep that in mind.
***Be who God
meant you to
be and you will
set the world
***-St. Catherine of Siena