Wanting to become a saint may seem, on the face of the matter, to be a proud ambition. To want to become a saint who is praised by the world would, of course, hardly be saintly. However wanting to become a saint really means nothing else than that we desire to become holy. If we have been great sinners, we can still ask: Can anyone whose life has been as sinful as ours presume to seek holiness?
Fortunately, wanting to become holy does not depend upon what we have been. Holiness is the goal to which Jesus leads people who have been anything but holy at some time in their lives. Moreover, holiness is the same thing as being in harmony with God. That is possible for everyone. It is a reason, not for pride but rather for gratitude. The desire to be holy is the beginning of holiness however long the road to its achievement.
Lord Jesus, you open the doors of paradise to all who wish to follow the path that leads there. You have received even very great sinners. I want to be holy because I want to be with you and with your Father, in the Holy Spirit. Lead me to yourself.