Doesn't that sound like quite a goal? Heroes? Saints?!
To be with God in Heaven is sainthood, and we are all called to it. The world will not put the designation 'Saint' before our names, but that's of no importance. God will know. God knows now. He sees every little step we take, every hidden hint of progress toward holiness. 'By holiness we mean the absence of whatever sullies, dims and degrades a rational nature; all that is most opposite to sin and guilt.' (Blessed John Henry Newman).
Did I accept God's grace today to conquer some temptation, perhaps in a tiny, hidden moment? Did I stop myself from lashing out at someone in anger? Have I accepted what came my way without grumbling? Did I go graciously to a crying baby, or a spouse who wanted attention, or a neighbor in need?
If I haven't made any recent steps upward, I can be sure there are plenty of opportunities ahead. I don't have to look up the staircase and around the bends of it; there will be grace for those steps when I'm there. In the meantime, I have this next little step in front of me. And now this next.....
'Little by little we must acquire that dominion over ourselves which cost the saints many decades of years.' (St. Francis de Sales)
What hope this quote from St. Francis gives me!
'Little by little.' Step by step.
'...which cost the saints many decades of years.'
Through the profound grace of God, there is much hope.
Painting: William McGregor Paxton