“Anyone who loves me will be true to my word, and my Father will love him; we will come to him and make our dwelling place with him” (Jn 14). What makes a saint, a saint? Is it first of all what the saint has done? St. Paul was a very active Apostle. St. Theresa of Avila refounded her Order. The main reason they are saints is not what they did but rather what they received. What they received was the grace to give themselves completely to their work for Jesus.
More importantly, they received a personal relationship with the heart of Jesus. The beginning of their spiritual life was a deep awareness of Jesus’ love for them. He dwells within us too and, with Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit abide within us. The love of the Trinity is personal and intimate, a love offender friendship. Because of this love we are able to reach out with Jesus to a world in need. Our friendship with God in Jesus means more to God than any deed.
What do I have that I have not received? Of all that you have given me what can be more precious, Lord, than your own abiding presence in my heart and in all that I do in your name?