Catholic Saints (Decision That Lead To Heaven): Speaker Ken Yasinski

By | September 10, 2019

(gentle music) – One of the central teachings of the Second Vatican Council documents is something called the
Universal Call to Holiness. And what is that? It basically means that we
can all be a great saint if we want to be. We can all become holy. We can all grow in deep union with Jesus. Now, what’s the problem with this? (laughs) Well the problem
is, it looks good in theory. It looks good in the Second
Vatican Council documents. It looks good in the Catechism
of the Catholic Church. It looks good in scripture. But when it comes to our lived experience, it just seems so far from our reality. We compare our lives to the saints’ lives, and we think, I could
never be like one of them. We place them up on pedestals. Well, because they are on pedestals, sometimes those statues. (laughs) I could never
live my life like them. I mean, how, me holy? It seems impossible. So how do we deal with that tension? Well, one of the things that we can do is we can look at the lives of the saints, study their lives, and then
ask ourself the question, what worked for them? What are the decisions that
they made in their life that caused them to grow
in deep union with Jesus, and then can we apply those
same decisions to our own life? Now everything that worked, for example, for St. Therese of Lisieux
might not work for you. For example, she was a
cloistered Carmelite nun. Translation, she didn’t get out much. (laughing) So everything, that cloister thing that worked for her, isn’t necessarily gonna work for you. Because you’re not cloistered unless you’re a nun sitting in a convent, looking at your iPhone. I’m guessing you’re not. So that part of her spiritual
life isn’t gonna work for you, but what will work for you? Well, you see, that’s a great question, because holiness leaves clues. So we study the lives of the saints, and we think, what are the clues that they have left us
that led them to heaven, that led them to great union with Jesus? So here’s a huge clue. If you study the lives of
the saints, over 2,000 years, you’re never going to
find a saint that’s said, you don’t really have to pray everyday. (laughing) Those saints do not exist. So often we treat our prayer time as something that we do
when we’re in crisis mode, but the saints didn’t do that. They prayed daily, and that’s a huge clue. St. John Chrysostom said, “It
is simply impossible to lead, “without the aid of
prayer a virtuous life.” So we need virtue, we have to acquire it in our life to become holy. So that we must ask ourself the question, are we praying daily? Often times we pray in crisis mode, but the saints didn’t do that. They didn’t pray just in the valley. They also prayed on the mountain top and everywhere in between. Do we? Because all the saints are
in agreement with this. Prayer was an absolute
priority in their life, and if that worked for them,
it’s gonna work for us, in terms of growing in
great union with Jesus. So what’s another big clue out there? Well if you look at the lives of the saints over 2,000 years, you’re never gonna find a saint that says, you know what, going to Mass on Sunday is a nice option but not necessary. You’re never gonna find
a saint who said that. St. Faustina said, “All that is good in me “is due to Holy Communion. “I owe everything to it. “I feel this holy fire has
transformed me completely.” So question my friends, are
you going to Mass on Sunday? And are you going outside
of that, perhaps daily? This is also very common
practice of the saints, and again, if it worked for
them, it’s going to work for us. Another huge clue that
the saints have left us is that you’re never gonna
find a saint in 2,000 years who discouraged reading scripture. (laughing) In fact, St. Jerome said, “Ignorance of scripture
is ignorance of Christ.” So again, a question for you. If you wanna grow in holiness,
do you wanna become a saint? Do you wanna grow in
deep union with Jesus? Are you reading scripture, are
you reading the word of God? ‘Cause God’s word can transform our life. Another huge clue that the
saints have left us is this, you’re never gonna find a
saint who said, in 2,000 years, reject the teaching
authority of the church. Pick and choose the
teachings of the church that maybe might fit your
preference and your lifestyle. You’re never gonna find
a saint who said that, and that is a huge clue. So my friends, do you struggle with certain teachings of the church? The tendency is to pick them up and to throw them away when we struggle. The saints didn’t do that. What the saints did is
they studied, they prayed. They tried to find out
the why behind the what. So if you’re struggling
with a certain teaching of the church, and you’re
kind of doubting it, my encouragement to you
is do what the saints did. Pray, seek God, study,
ask, look for answers. St. Augustine said, “He who
does not have the church “as his mother, does not
have God as his father.” You’re never gonna find
a saint who became holy by rejecting the teaching
authority of the church. When we look to the lives
of the saints, they prayed, they had a regular sacramental
life, they read scripture, they submitted to the teaching
authority of the church. When it comes to working
out our own salvation and trying to grow in
great holiness with Jesus, it seems foolish to travel
down a road that is unproven, to fix our soul upon things that have not been revealed to be true. You see, it just seems to
make eternal common sense to follow the example
of holy men and women who we know got the S-T dot at
the beginning of their name. You see my friends, holiness leaves clues. (gentle music)

2 thoughts on “Catholic Saints (Decision That Lead To Heaven): Speaker Ken Yasinski

  1. Harold Gav Post author

    My brother i do not understand why you put so much emphasis on men, and not fully on Jesus…All with the exception of Christ Jesus are the descendants of Adam which means we inherit his sinful nature…Even our very bloodline is contaminated by sin, for this is why the angel Gabriel told Mary who figured she had to have a relationship with a man to bare God's Son…Gabriel had to explain to her God only needed to use her as an incubator too bring His Son into the world…Jesus was conceived by the Holy Ghost, therefore He came into the world by an immaculate conception…He was not connected to her umbilical cord therefore He was not contaminated by sin…why do you speak so highly about nuns and saints who were placed under the curse and penalty of death, opossed too Jesus who had never sined, therefore death had no claim to Him so He had to lay His life down…My brother if you get your information from any other source than the Holy bible, then there's an error…There is no such a thing as a holy man or woman…The bible says all have sined and came short of God's glory, which means we all deserve death…If we talk about heaven then our focus can only be on Christ who is the way…And pertaining to a holy life we can only achieve it by God's Holy Spirit…After Jesus was resurrected from the dead He told His disciples I must go back to My Father, but I will not leave you comfortless…He said He would send His Holy Spirit back who would convict the world of sin…Your message should be about God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit!!!

  2. James Fuqua Post author

    Ephesians 2:8,9. That is the ONLY decision that leads to salvation. It's not what we do. It's not our righteousness, it's not our prayer time, it's not going to mass on Sundays. It is believing in Jesus' all sufficient sacrifice on the cross that saves us. Only Him. Not of ourselves so that no one can boast. Faith + NOTHING. Anything added to that is works based salvation and is a false gospel.

  3. Alvina Rayne Keto Lifestyle & Vlogs Post author

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