When my first child was baptized, I was asked to attend a short class—a refresher on what the sacrament of baptism means. During the course, I was surprised to learn that, through this sacrament, we are called to be like Jesus: “priest, prophet, and king.” When I asked what that meant, the nun imparting the class told me:
“We are meant to live as Jesus lived, as saints.”
That stayed with me long after the course was over. “To live like a saint, what does that even look like?” I wondered. But I now believe it isn’t hard work to transform our lives into something a bit more “saint-like”—because God does the heavy lifting.
Many times a day, I feel far from saint-like. I can’t count how many times I, for example, criticize someone out loud or in my head. Every time I become aware of it, I hand it over to God. I put myself in God’s hands and trust that He will help transform and heal me.
On the journey to becoming a better version of myself, I am responsible for my actions, but trusting God to grant me grace and peace is half the battle.
Consuelo Reinitz, Pink Fries Paperie