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3 Habits of Saints you need to learn now

Leo Tolstoy once said, “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Just like families, happy people have similar attributes too. The same thing applies to holy people, too. Although The saints were very different from one another, they still have some common traits worth emulating.

While each Saint is unique and wildly different from another, a closer look into their lives will show similarities in their habits and lifestyles. These lifestyles and habits will have such an impact on our life if we try to emulate them.

There are three significant habits the saints have in common. Let’s see them and how we can imitate them in our lives.

Prayer

Loving God is the first step to holiness, but you can’t love someone you do not know or speak to. The saints’ love-relationship with God was their number one priority, so communication with God is the defining habit of saints.

As we strive to imitate the saints, we must make prayer a part of our everyday life. Even when busy, there are several ways we can make time for prayer by including it in our daily routine. We can pray a Morning Offering while having breakfast, pray the Rosary while taking the bus or taxi, and pray an evening Examen while having our last meal for the day or right before we head to bed. It doesn’t matter when the prayer is done, as long as it is part of our daily routine. We must do our best to give God our hearts and show our commitment to spending time with him and, most importantly, in doing his will.

Selflessness

Selfishness prevents a person from opening his heart to the love of God and neighbor. Practicing selflessness is a crucial part of the Saint’s life, and this is worth emulating. Selfishness or self-absorption is an increasingly common trait in today’s society.

Numerous saints had been not only selfless and had put the needs of the needy or oppressed ahead of theirs. They went out of their way to help the disadvantaged. The Church canonizes only those whose practice of virtue was extraordinary, especially faith, hope, and charity.

Not everyone must reach their levels of selflessness, but everyone is called to practice these virtues at least to ordinary degrees. To love sincerely and help other people. We need not go too far to find those in need, but a smile at those who feel invisible, a kind word at those who are in pain, and a phone call to say “Talk to me, I am here for you”, to those feeling the whole weight of the world on them. These little gestures go a long way to show Jesus that we are “faithful in little things”.

Sacramental Life

St. John Vianney spent hours every day in the confessional, for he knew how important it was for people to receive the grace of Reconciliation. St. Tarcisius literally gave his life to defend the Holy Eucharist. St. Francis Xavier baptized more than 700,000 souls. There are a few examples of the saints showing great love for the sacraments, especially the Eucharist. The saints realized the reason Jesus left these sacraments; for us to grow in grace. They see how important these channels of grace are, and we should also see how important they are.

Jesus, who promised “I will not leave you orphans,” (John 14:18) ensured his continued presence through the Sacraments. In the Sacrament of Holy Orders, his power is exercised by mere men; and in the Confessional, his love and mercy are distributed by the Church as the “minister of redemption”. In the Eucharist, we encounter the Lord himself; body, blood, soul, and divinity. What marvel! How could we not be thrilled like the Saints were? Contemplating the meaning and power of the sacraments should move any of us to tears and to thanksgiving.

3 Habits of Saints you need to learn now

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