QUEZON City, Nov. 4, 2014—A Catholic lay preacher said becoming a saint is “simpler than one might think”, stressing that sanctity is a vocation to which all Christians are called.
“To be a saint is simple. Do ordinary work with extraordinary love. Offer our work to God, do it well, then our work will have infinite value. It has then the power to make us the saints God intended us to be,” shared Marwill Llasos, Dominican lay evangelist, educator, and lawyer on Oct. 31, the eve of All Saints’ Day.
Offering the daily routine
“St. Thérèse of the Child Jesus showed us that the path to sainthood lies in the ordinary. It consists in the usual. It is found in our daily routine, in the humdrum run of daily activities. But these must be elevated above the ordinary—by lovingly offering them to the Risen Christ. They must be placed in Christ Jesus,” he said.
Citing her diary, Llasos shared that St. Faustina Kowalska’s perfection and sanctity do not consist in her visions, ecstasies or any other supernatural gifs, but in simply doing God’s will. Sanctity does not consist in the extraordinary, not in visions, ecstasies, interior locutions, the gifts of miracles, prophecy or tears.
While receiving stigmata and performing miracles are not prerequisites to sanctity, Llasos pointed out the faithful are duty-bound to fulfill God’s will in whatever roles they find themselves in either as ordinary employees, managers, parents, spouses, students or teachers.
“Whoever we are, wherever we are, whatever we are doing, we are called to holiness. We can be saints,” he declared.
Everyone, a saint
Pope St. John Paul II’s post-Synodal apostolic exhortation “Christifideles Laici” reads: “Everyone in the Church, precisely because they are members, receive and thereby share in the common vocation to holiness: ‘All of the faithful of Christ of whatever rank or status are called to the fullness of the Christian life and to the perfection of Charity. All of Christ’s followers are invited and bound to pursue holiness and the perfect fulfillment of their own state of life’.”
Llasos reminded his audience that those aspiring to heaven can only enter it as saints, calling on everyone to be one.
“To be a child of God and of Mary means to be a saint. This is our destiny. This is our duty. This is the one work of your life. It is our life’s only work, and no other. Failing in that, no matter what else we achieve, we have failed dismally. It is indeed a tragedy not to be a saint. To be a saint is not an option, it is a must!” the lawyer-preacher asserted.
“It is not yet too late to be a saint. All saints have a past, all sinners have a future. Our God is Almighty and only an Almighty God can make the worst of sinners into the greatest of saints,” he added. (Raymond A. Sebastián)