Saints aren’t Superheroes — the secrets to holiness


A Cuban girl is baptized at the sanctuary of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre in Cuba Feb. 11, 2012. (CNS photo/Nancy Phelan Wiechec)

VATICAN CITY —  Today on the feast of All Saints, Pope Francis revealed the secrets to holiness, saying it’s not some rare “privilege for the few,” but an inheritance everyone receives at baptism.

“Saints aren’t superheroes nor were they born perfect. They are like us, each one of us,” just that when they experienced the life-changing encounter with God,” they never left his side, the pope said during today’s Angelus address.

Pope Francis essentially gave a road-map today for how to follow this path to holiness. The path “has a name and a face,” he said. “It’s the face of Jesus Christ. He teaches us to become saints.”

So You Want to Be a Saint — Secrets of Success:

  • Experience God’s love.
  • Follow God with your whole heart, without compromise, without hypocrisy.
  • Spend your life serving others.


    A volunteer distributes food at the Bank of the Poor in Valencia, Spain, June 12, 2012. According to Caritas Internationalis, more than 11 million people live under the edge of poverty in Spain. ( CNS photo/Heino Kalis, Reuters)

  • Bear suffering and adversity without hating. “Saints never hated,” the pope said, because love comes from God and hate comes from the devil. “Saints kept far away from the devil.”
  • Respond to evil with goodness.
  • Have a joyous heart and spread joy and peace to others.
  • Pray.
  • Don’t derive your sense of security from things, but from God’s love.
  • Have a simple, humble heart.
  • Don’t assume you are righteous.
  • Don’t judge others.


    Daughter of Charity Sister Sophie Boueri comforts a Palestinian child at a creche for abandoned children in Bethlehem, West Bank, Sept. 22, 2010. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

  • Know how to suffer with those who suffer and rejoice with those who rejoice.
  • Don’t be violent. Be merciful.
  • Seek to be builders of reconciliation and peace. “Always help reconcile people and always help to bring peace.”

The pope said the path God shows us to holiness “is beautiful, it’s a beautiful journey!”

And along this journey, the pope said, the saints are on the sidelines encouraging everyone to not be afraid.

“Don’t be afraid to go against the current or to be misunderstood and derided when we speak about (Jesus) and the Gospels.”

The saints’ message to people today is “trust in the Lord because he never disappoints. He is a good friend, always by our side.”

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8 Responses to Saints aren’t Superheroes — the secrets to holiness

  1. It seems like Pope Francis is asking to be congruent in everything about self in word, deed,action,… Life in general.

  2. It seems as though Pope Francis wants us to be congruent in word,deed,prayer,and faith…..Everything in our life.

  3. Pascual Fernandez says:

    The path to holiness may be arduous but accessible especially with God’s grace.

  4. brian says:

    these words are inspirational, and should lead us to the Hail Mary, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. All we have to do is follow there lead as true disiples of Chirst

  5. Sr. Hilda Mary says:

    Papa, thank u so much for directing the whole world towards the invitation of Jesus “To become Holy”.. You are revealing the face of Jesus Christ boldly from the day you were installed. Now we came to know the secret behind your joy. Thank u for teaching us the secret of success as the world’s criteria for the same is totally a different one. Thank u Papa for being an examplary person for all and specially we RELIGIOUS AND PRIESTS. I LOVE U PAPA

  6. donnaellisart says:

    thank you for this “list”! 😀 and Happy All Hallows, everyone!!!

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  8. mikael says:

    A church of Life, is the gateway to a church of death, alfa and omega.

    Any creature born is a reflection of the powers behind it, God may be well as good as anything else, and to live among others and rise in consiousness in this paradise, and be happy as far its possible a good life, with good deeds and thredded lightly, and somehow, some spects of their behaviour is been the problem/issue.
    Why THAT happened is the propper question, not about what kind of sexual orientation that person have, and where the borders goes WE all know, no expetions.

    Thats not a religious teaching, its dogmas born out of some obscure thinking and that created even more stupid consensussess, and to day regades as almoust a Law.
    No, otherwise the Pope is correct and on track, and I will not divert religion into sects, its their practising of their texta I watch.
    Actions we all know, tells more than simple words.

    We reap what we saw, it goes both ways, be good, and love life and life loves you back.
    The question is more about the ability to lett the problems, dogmas and collectiv inherent moronic consesnusses, Go, away.

    And never forgett this, reconsiliation/s arent without Pain.
    For all of us, its a hard task, and nothing of any real wurth, comes easy, it never does.
    But the other side of this Reconsiliation, is the Paradise, Joshua Ben Joseph talked about, and so did Muhamed, and peace be with them both.


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