Success is half determined by capacity, the other half by self-identity. Blu’s capacity for flight has always been there. He only needed to claim & own his real identity. With the help and inspiration of Jewel, he raised his consciousness to his true calling- a bird meant to soar high up in the heavens!

On April 27, 2014, two of the most beloved popes of modern history, Sts. John XX111 and John Paul II were canonized. The saints, in like manner, are “Jewels” to so many of us who have become like Blu. Believe it or not, every Christian is called to be a saint, to soar high into heaven! Ingrained in our spiritual DNA is the call and capacity to be one. But like Blu, we have been domesticated by our weaknesses. We have conditioned to think that we should walk rather than fly! We need someone like Jewel to rekindle and reawaken the goodness in us. Quite literally, the saints are the “Jewels” that shine within the community of believers.

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

“By canonizing some of the faithful, i.e., by solemnly proclaiming that they practiced heroic virtue and lived in fidelity to God’s grace, the Church recognizes the power of the Spirit of holiness within her and sustains the hope of believers by proposing the saints to them as models and intercessors.”(CCC 828)

In one of a friend’s posts, she called the saints “spiritual post-its” Saints remind us of our daily battle against spiritual mediocrity. The saints are simply people who believe their weaknesses do not define who they are. One of my favorite quotes about the saints goes: “There is no saint without a past; no sinner without a future.”

Let us be “Jewels”, spiritual post-its to one another. In the meantime, tell yourself, “I will take recourse in the Divine Mercy. I will be patient with my own falls and failures. I wont distance myself from the Church of Christ. I will keep plodding on in this community of sinners trying its best to become saints. I will look at the Mary Magdalenes, the Pauls, the Simon Peters, the Augustines, and the countless sinners of salvation history who are now saints”

How do I see and appreciate the saints?
Is there a particular saint I am drawn to or wish to imitate?
Reference Source: Standard Firm in the Faith App