Catholic saints have shown a deep love for God by their lives while on earth. Saints are found in every walk of life. A person can turn from a life of sin and become a saint. Mother Theresa, echoing the message of Jesus, stated that all of us are called to be saints.
People often find it easy to identify with the earthly life and struggles of a particular saint, and to ask that saint for help. The saint can bring you closer to Jesus. Prayers to saints then become prayers to Jesus.
Find a saint with whom you can identify. Then strive to imitate their Christ-like virtues.
Father Les Costello gave up a hockey career to become a parish priest. He imitated Blessed Martin de Poires, who was known for his great love for the poor.
Father Les drove an old truck, which he used to collect and deliver appliances and furniture to families in need. He never asked their religion or whether they attended church. With a sense of humor and a compassion for people with problems, he made everyone feel special. At his funeral, so many people wanted to show their love and respect that the funeral mass had to be held in the hockey arena.
By imitating Christ, and with his help, you can make Jesus real to a doubting world.
No matter how hard it is, don't give up trying to grow closer to Jesus.
Canonization has three steps: