Do you dare to be a saint?
In recent years Pope John Paul II, who lived and walked on the earth during our lifetime, was recognised as a saint, alongside Pope John XXIII.
Now…it’s our turn!
Recently the Pope presented a challenge to all young people of today — he dared us to be saints. And while we may think we’d have to shut ourselves in a convent or join the priesthood to become a saint, this isn’t necessarily the case.
Saints are just ordinary people who gave their lives to God in different ways. Some were nuns, priests, monks… but some were just ordinary people like us.
Below are the stories of young saints who knew that living their normal, daily lives wasn’t separate from their relationship with God — but enriched by it. They dared to be saints, and we can do the same. We are called to be the saints of this generation.
Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity
Who was she? A french Carmelite nun who lived between 1880 and 1906.
Why is she a model to us? Before Elizabeth even became a nun, as a young woman she lived out her faith remarkably. She had a deep understanding of God and saw Him everywhere she was and in everything that she did — even whilst doing her washing!
In making room for prayer in her life Elizabeth knew that her faith and social life weren’t separate from each other, and regularly spent time praying before she met up with friends so that she would never feel drawn to gossip about others.
Learn more about Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity
Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati
Who was he? An Italian Catholic with a passion for justice and service of the poor, who lived between 1901 and 1925.
Why is he a model for us? Blessed Pier was an ordinary young man who was athletic and enjoyed the outdoors. He had a very deep spiritual life and inspired his friends around him with his deep faith and devotion to God.
As well as a great love for God, Pier had a great love for the poor. He knew however, that he didn’t have to become a priest or a monk to live for God and help people —that being a layperson and living his faith in the world was a powerful witness and vocation in itself.
Pier was born into a wealthy family, so was never short of money. Yet he chose out of compassion, to give his bus money to the poor and ride third class on the trains. He also, quite literally, gave the poor the clothes off his back, returning home without the sweater or coat he was wearing, often courting a telling off from his parents, who had no idea how Pier was living his life.
Blessed Pier may have been an ordinary man, but he led an extraordinary life.
Learn more about Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati
Blessed Chiara Badano
Who was she? A young Italian teenager who lived between 1971 and 1990.
Why is she a model for us? Because, again, she was just like us! Chiara lived a typical teenage life full of love for the people around her and for God. She loved going out for a coffee with her friends, playing sports and going on retreats to nurture her faith. She argued with her parents every now and again and even failed a couple of exams. Chiara knew just how much God loved her, and she did everything she could to love him back, even when that meant offering her entire life back to God. When Chiara was just 18, with her whole life ahead of her, she was diagnosed with Osteogenic Sarcoma (a type of bone cancer).
Trying to make sense of what she just been told, she spent time in prayer to try and come to terms with the suffering which was ahead of her. But after just 20 minutes of prayer her outlook changed completely and she was full of light!
In prayer, Chiara had realised that she could love Jesus through her suffering by accepting it and offering it back to Him, saying, ‘If you want this Jesus, so do I.’ The more her suffering increased, so did her joy… because she knew she was giving her life back to the one who gave it to her.
Chiara’s story is one of tremendous courage and faith, reminding us that how little or great our suffering is, God is there with us to walk through it.
Saints for inspiration and prayer
Abuse St Monica
Addiction St Maximilian Kolbe
Animal Welfare St Francis of Assisi
Athletes St Christopher/St Sebastian
Babies St Philomena
Cancer St Peregrine
Cooks St Martha
Dancers St Vitus
Desperate & Hopeless Cases St Jude
Disabilities St Giles
Education St Ignatius of Loyola
England St George
Exams & Studying St Joseph of Cupertino
Epilepsy St Apollinaris/St Cornelius
Headaches St Teresa of Avila
Homelessness St Margaret
Ireland St Patrick
Loneliness St Rita
Lost Things & Missing People St Anthony
Mental Health St Dymphna
Missionaries St Therese of Lisieux Musicians St Cecilia Performers St Vitus
Priests St John Vianney Relationships & Marriages St Valentine
Self Harm St Dymphna
Schoolgirls St Madeline Sophie Barat
Scotland St Andrew
Soldiers St George/St Joan of Arc
Sore Eyes St Augustine of Hippo
Sore Throat St Blaise
Students St Gemma Galgani
Teachers St Gregory the Great/St Thomas Aquinas
Television St Clare of Assisi
Those in Prison St Maximilian Kolbe
Travelers St Raphael/St Christopher
Toothache St Apollonia
University St Thomas Aquinas
Victims of Bullying & Verbal Abuse St Kentigern Mungo
Wales St David Writers and Authors St Francis de Sales/St John the Evangelist
Young People St John Bosco
Youth St Gabriel