Can we be saints?

A saint is just a sinner who keeps trying

“Can we be saints?” is a blog written to introduce you to the saints of the Catholic Church in a new way. These won’t be just boring bios. We’ll show you how saints struggled and faced the same kind of problems we do today. You’ll see the intersection of our lives with their lives. We can be saints. We just have to keep trying.

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St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

By Renae Kranz We’ve all felt rejected at some time in our lives. Friends might reject us. We might be rejected for a new job or promotion. Even our own families might reject us. It can cause deep hurt and lead to overwhelming loneliness if the rejection is widespread enough. Now add to those feelings […]

St. Augustine of Hippo

By Renae Kranz Do you have hope? Do you think you can get to heaven or that you’re even worthy of God’s love? One of the greatest saints of the Catholic Church was the best example we have to believe we can persevere and attain heaven. St. Augustine’s life offers me great hope for my […]

St. Anna Schäffer

By Renae Kranz Suffering is a fact of life. It’s a hard fact to explain and endure, but it’s a fact we all face. Some of us suffer a little here and there, seeming to skate through life mostly unscathed. Some suffer greatly and suffer often. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like […]

St. Peregrine Laziosi

By Renae Kranz Cancer. Is there a word that strikes greater fear than this one? I know for me, there are few things that terrify me more (except perhaps fire, but that’s a story for another day). We’ve all been touched in some way, whether directly or indirectly, by this disease that sends even the […]

St. Jane Frances de Chantal

By Renae Kranz Many of us have suffered a deep loss in our lives. All loss is difficult, but some hit us harder than others. Losing a parent, a child or a spouse can change our lives in ways we don’t expect and can send us down paths we never saw coming. Some of those […]

St. Vincent de Paul

By Renae Kranz St. Vincent de Paul is a saint most of us are familiar with because of the society created to help the poor that bears his name: The Society of St. Vincent de Paul. He had a passion for helping the poor and sick in France. But he wasn’t always the great man […]

St. Katharine Drexel

By Renae Kranz It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 19:24) Every time I hear the gospel reading with this verse tucked neatly into it, I squirm a bit in my pew. Don’t misunderstand me. […]

St. Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

By Renae Kranz If you know the story of St. Padre Pio, you might be thinking, “How could he possibly be like the rest of us?” His story is remarkable and strange. He had mystical charisms which allowed him to do things few have been able to do. So again, how could he be like […]

St. Rose Philippine Duchesne

By Renae Kranz Have you ever had to wait a long time to get something you really wanted in life? Maybe you’ve waited a long time to meet your ideal spouse, and the wrong people keep sending you off track. Or you can’t seem to land that job you’ve been working toward for years. The […]