I fear that most of us have a romanticized view of what a Saint is. We may imagine that a Saint is always happy, as if they were already in the beatific vision. While they certainly experience a more close and joyful union with God than most of us, they also have a lot of grit. It’s not all smiles and roses. Often times they just have to ignore their feelings and push forward with sheer will-power alone.
This was definitely the case for St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta. When we think of her, we tend to remember photos of her smiling as she cared for the sick and dying. Few of us know about the dark night of the soul which she traversed. Read a snippet here. She once told one of her followers: “Don’t give in to your feelings. God is permitting this.”
Now there’s a slogan every Christian should live by.
Feelings are unreliable. Our mind and will often know what is required of us even if our emotions or our body want ease. Don’t deceive yourself. If you give in to the calls of your body and emotions to pamper yourself, you’ll never get over the hump towards becoming a Saint.