I look up to a lot of people. There are always those out there who were probably born to inspire others! But I believe that there is a special group of people which we can truly look up to at any angle because of their virtuous lifestyle.
I’m talking about saints, recognized by many different Christian denominations as such, from Catholic to Anglican! While there may be disparities among those who deserve the title, I think they deserve a special place as role models worth emulating.
Below are the saints which have inspired me since I got to know about them!
Born to a rich family, St. Francis lived a carefree life during his youth. After joining Assisi’s military, he was captured as they suffered defeat. Upon his release, he underwent a religious experience and threw away all his worldly possessions. There, he formed the Franciscan order.
Not only did he establish one of the biggest religious congregations in the world—he also led an extremely humble lifestyle, dressing himself in rags and helping the poor in every way he could. He died a mere brother after stepping down as head of his order and devoted his life in prayer and charity until the very end.
Once the prodigal son of St. Monica, St. Augustine had his conversion experience upon reading the passage about St. Paul’s journey to Damascus. During his conversion, he abandoned his debauched lifestyle and used his talent in rhetoric and speech to preach the word of God. He also defended Christianity from slanderous remarks by the Romans through his magnum opus, The City of God.
His conversion story and devotion to holiness is truly inspiring and his many works and treatises on the faith paved the way to firmly establishing Christianity in a crumbling world once ruled by the Romans. That’s why he remains one of the most influential saints of all time.
Recently canonized along with Pope St. John XXIII, Pope St. John Paul II is greatly remembered for his kindness and tolerance, as well as his cause for world peace through his fight against Communism. He brought religious and political leaders together for the common cause of peace.
He was a well-loved figure and even earned the title “John Paul the Great.” He apologized for every indignity members of the Catholic Church have done in the past and challenged everyone—especially young people—to lead a holy life. No wonder we quickly warmed up to him!
Founder of the Missionaries of Charity, Mother Teresa roamed the streets of Calcutta, aiding the poor and rescuing children from conflict and poverty. She went as far as Beirut to save youngsters trapped in the front line of war! She also went to Ethiopia to administer food for the hungry and she even visited the victims of Chernobyl in Ukraine!
By 1996, she established over 517 missions in over 100 countries and left a lasting influence in today’s world. Who knew someone would go so far just to help others in need?
So those are the saints which I see as inspirations. I bet you find their lives and works inspiring too! The truth is, I could add more of these individuals to the list, but I’ll simply keep things at that.
How about you? Do you have a list of saints yourself? Share it here!