The other day my little brother came up to me with a picture book in his hands and asked, "Why are those boys throwing rocks at him?"
I glanced at the picture--an illustration of an incident in the life of St. Dominic Savio--and explained that the boys weren't throwing rocks at Dominic, they were throwing rocks at each other, and Dominic had stepped between them with a crucifix to make them realize they were hurting Jesus. Then I went back to sweeping the kitchen.
My brother must have been stewing over the story, however, because a few minutes later he said, "If I was a saint--"
"You can be," I interrupted.
"Yes. We all can be. We were all made to be saints."
He was surprised by that. And when I thought about it, so was I.
It's the very simple thoughts that are the most flabbergasting.
We're all made to be saints. Like Dominic. That's the very reason we were made.
Very hard, from a human standpoint. Impossible, in fact. Jesus' statement about the camel going through the eye of a needle comes to mind.
But so does another Bible verse: "All things are possible with God."
If we surrender ourselves to God, won't He give us the grace to be a saint? All of the grace we need to be a saint?
In my younger days, my sisters and I were part of a Little Flowers girls' group dedicated--well, quite simply, dedicated to making little saints. At the beginning of every meeting we sang a song, the refrain of which went:
My only desire: to be a saint!
I'll only aspire to be a saint!
Never to tired to be a saint!
Just reach one step higher and be a saint!
As I thought about it while sweeping the kitchen that afternoon, that one line "Just reach one step higher and be a saint" really jumped out at me. Because reaching "just one step higher" makes it so simple. It means little things, like speaking kindly to someone when it would be easier to snap, or taking an extra minute to do a household chore well. St. Therese's famous "Little Way" is really a great secret to sanctity.
"It seemed to him, at that moment, that it would have been quite easy to have been a saint. It would only have needed a little self-restraint and a little courage. He felt like someone who has missed happiness by seconds at an appointed place. He knew now that at the end there was only one thing that counted--to be a saint."
"A little self-restraint and a little courage." A little charity, a little piety, a little selflessness.
We just need to surrender a little more to God with each passing moment. And He will show us the way to perfection.
With God's help, it's possible, because anything is possible.
Let's give ourselves to our Heavenly Father--and begin.