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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By Renae Kranz When I decided to write this month’s post about St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, it was originally because it would be posted just before Holy Week and the beginning of the Divine Mercy Novena which starts on Good Friday. But God, as is His way sometimes, had more in mind. As I write […]
By Renae Kranz We face many challenges in life. The saints faced them, too. We tend to think we can never be as holy as they were, as if they were simply born that way. But they met their challenges head on, putting their trust in God to help them through. Heaven was always their […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]