We often hear about our vocation to become a saint. But what is a saint? And why does the Church honor saints?

In this episode, Fr. Blake and Brandon discuss the theology of saints, how that theology is rooted in the Incarnation, and, most importantly, how we can become saints ourselves.

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  • Great episode! I’ve lately been drawn to St. Monica as I navigate the waters of parenting teens and longing for their hearts to yearn for Jesus as they live in this culture. I love how much she devoted her maternal life and heart to her son’s own life and heart, even when (especially when?) he was sucked in by the culture around him.

  • I loved this episode! The idea of learning about a saint who is different from yourself especially resonated with me. I am a deeply intellectual person have always gravitated towards saints like St. Catherine of Siena and St. Thomas Aquinas. My 2.5 year old daughter is, however, drawn at some deep level to St. Therese of Lisieux. Since she was a year old, Camille has pointed out St. Therese on prayer cards, statues, and in images and she talks about her regularly. In an effort to foster this devotion my child shows, I have made an effort to learn about a saint who I wouldn’t have sought out on my own. Learning about St. Therese and her Little Way has benefitted our family so much.

  • Loved this presentation. Lots of ideas to think about. Thank you. Need to get started on your ideas. Many ideas I have not thought about before.

  • Thank you for being instruments of God. You are teaching me so much and it makes me happy to be able to understand and agree with everything you both say. For example before today, I was a little confused about “body parts” as relics, but now I totally understand!! I love having those “ah-ha” moments! As for some of my favorite saints, I have too many to name. But here are a few…Saint Padre Pio for his love and loyalty in the confessional, Saint Therese the Little Flower for her simple and pure ways of loving our Lord, Saint Francis of Assisi for his passionate and humorous ways of rebuilding the church. Saint Dymphna for her courage to put God first and stay pure till death and for her compassion for the mentally ill. Saint Mother Teresa for her true love for Christ and how she saw our Lord in the poor and forgotten and was able to love each one she served as Jesus. Too many to name. I love the Saints and thank our Lord for their excellent example of how to truly love and follow our Lord.

  • Thanks Brandon and Father Blake for this inspiring podcast on how to become a saint! I like Therese of Lisieux and Catherine of Sienna.

  • Thank you once again. I feel like a sponge and so happy when I hear the two of you sharing our faith and our walk with Jesus. I have so much to read and learn.
    I like St. Ignatius of Loyola and how he came to read the Bible. I love Fulton Sheen and have heard his Life Worth Living episodes via You Tube. I started collecting his books but am no where near finished reading them. The Priest is Not His Own was wonderful and I wish it was required reading for all priest. And of course the Seven Last Words which is a Lenten must read at least once. For some reason I am drawn to St. Catherine of Siena but I haven’t read her. I do have a book and maybe I should move it to the top of the pile.
    I really appreciated the remark about going to Confession with Joy. I frequent Confession each Saturday because I forget if I don’t go that often and I need it so much to stay on the right path. But I am going to focus more on confessing with Joy. Peace be with you.

  • This podcast has been my favorite. So many inspiring thoughts and challenges. I have been struggling, trying to figure what God wants me to do or how to “be myself”. It takes prayer and openness to God and His graces to discern this and I also struggle with that! Fr., you referred to being where we are and that really hits home. Thank you. I know I will listen to this often. Thank you.
    I find myself drawn to St. Padre Pio and have prayed with him and read some about him. Is there a good book that embodies his life you might suggest? Brandon, I know you must have an answer to this. I’ve taken you “Read More Books” course . 🙂

    God bless you with this ministry!

  • I like to start morning prayer by inviting a cadre of saints to pray with. The Blessed Mother, of course; St. Joseph, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Robert Bellarmine, St. Padre Pio, St. Gemma Galgani, St. Justin Martyr, St. Robert Southwell, St. Margaret of Cortona, St. Catherine of Siena, and St. Julian of Norwich (not officially a Catholic saint, but a Saint all the same for her Revelations of Divine Love). I often include Blessed Casimir Wyszynski, and Blessed Mother Marie Adele Garnier. It will take the rest of my life to really know them all. Thank you for this podcast.

  • Thank you!! Another great podcast!! As a Secular Discalced Carmelite, I have many Carmelite saints that I love!!
    St. Teresa of Avila – taught me about sacrificial suffering from her love of the crucified Jesus
    St. John of the Cross – taught me about detachment, Nada, Nada!
    St. Terese of Lisieux – taught me that God’s love is greater than my falls into sin
    St. Elizabeth of the Trinity – “Let yourself be loved.”
    I also appreciated your steps to holiness.
    Prayer – gives me a relationship with Jesus
    Sacraments – give me in confession a place to repent and be advised; in the Eucharist a gift that feeds my soul
    Reading and Watching – making time to be filled by holy and good books and videos
    Socially – surrounding myself with people of prayer
    I look forward to every podcast and wonder how you both manage to find the time with all that you do!! May God bless you in all your ministries!

  • I must mention one more path to holiness, Adoration!!
    Many saints speak of spending one hour every day in front of the exposed Eucharist. I believe some of them were Pope Saint John Paul II, Mother Teresa, and Bishop Sheen. Every single day!! That is hard for those of us who live in the world! But even one hour every week will make a difference in our lives! Cardinal Sarah in his book The Power of Silence urges us to find silence beyond the noise of this world. What better place than in the presence of Our Lord?

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