Saint Catherine of Siena was a Mystic of Italy. One of my favorite lines of hers is who you were meant to be, and you will set the world on fire. Be who you were meant to be, and you will set the world on fire. It’s been a long tradition of the Church that we read the lives of the Saints for inspiration. What you’ll pick up very quickly as you begin to read the lives of the Saints is that every single one of them is completely different. And the means of their holiness, what made them a saint, their road was very different for each one of them.
And it’s good to read the lives of the Saints and be inspired by them. But we also must know that we won’t become a saint by being exactly like this saint. Because if we do that, oftentimes we’ll fail, you know. And we’ll look down upon ourselves for not being able to be like that saint was able to be. Because be who you were meant to be, and you will set the world on fire. So, I encourage you tonight to spend some time researching a saint. Go to Google, look up a saint that interests you, and allow that to be your inspiration.
In the second reading from the letter of Saint John, we hear, “ What we shall have not yet been revealed”. It will be amazing when God looks at you and reveals how He intends us to be a saint. It will be amazing to look out at this church and realize that we will set the world on fire by being who God truly meant us to be.
Saint Paul says, too, that we are God’s children now. For us to be Saints is to realize our identity. What makes us holy? It’s being a child of God. And the more and more we rely on God our Father, and the more and more we become the people we are meant to be, the more and more of this world will be set on fire. And so allow ourselves this Day of All Saints, to allow the Saints to be our intercessors, and to realize too, that we are called to be the people that God made us to be so that we too can set the world on fire.