Sainthood Isn’t a Hall of Fame. It’s for All of Us.

When we look at the lives of the saints, we see their great holiness, their heroic deeds – and we often think we just weren’t made for such greatness. But the fact is that you, too, are called to be a saint.

Monsignor Stuart Swetland, host of Go Ask Your Father™, recently explained that sainthood is not a Hall of Fame, but is what each of us was created for. He said:

“This is one of the things I try to emphasize in this show – that we’re all called to be saints, we’re all called to be holy, we’re all called to be like unto Christ. That is called the universal called to holiness.

So yes, we have to find a way to break that through, that every single person is called to holiness. Which means that every single person is called to transforming union with God. That’s the kind of prayer we need to become perfected, to be in the unitive way with God. And that begins, of course, by daily prayer of depth and substance. I believe everyone is called to that kind of mysticism of the unitive way that is available to all of us.

St. John of the Cross and St. Therese the Little Flower achieved mystical union when they were in their early twenties. But for most, it’s much later. For St. Teresa of Avila it took many, many years. But we are all called to that.

It’s not a Hall of Fame. Heaven isn’t a Hall of Fame, heaven is a place that we’re all called to. And we’re all called to become the saints that God made us. God made us for that greatness.”

Listen to the full reflection below:

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Stephanie Foley serves as a Digital Media Producer at Relevant Radio®. She is a graduate of Franciscan University of Steubenville, where she studied journalism, and she has worked in Catholic radio for 12 years. Stephanie is a wife, a mother of three boys, and in her free time she enjoys reading, running, and really good coffee. You can find more of Stephanie’s writing at and on the free Relevant Radio mobile app.