We are called to be holy, in other words, we are called to be saints. What is a saint, and how, you may ask, do I become a saint? How does one become holy? The readings for the Solemnity of All Saints (November 1st) point us in the right direction.
Saints are those “who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the Blood of the Lamb.” (Revelation 7:14) They come “from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and tongue.” (Revelation 7:9) Saints are “called the children of God” and “shall be like him.” (1 John 3:1-2)
Jesus teaches us how to become saints when he preached the Beatitudes to his followers:
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven. (Matthew 5:3-12A)
To be happy is to be blessed. This happiness is the joy found in eternal life rather than the temporary and often unsatisfactory happiness of this world.