Laypeople Can Be Saints
March 27, 2011 Length: 1:01
St. Niphon on the fact that laypersons can be saved.
Some people think only bishops, clergy and monastics can become saints. This idea is a serious mistake, as St. Niphon tells us:
Whoever says that it is impossible to be saved with a wife and children is a deceiver. Abraham had a wife and children and three hundred and eighteen servants, and also much gold and silver, and he was called the friend of God! Many servants of the Church have been saved, and many lovers of the desert; many aristocrats, and many soldiers; many craftsmen, and many farm laborers. Be devout towards God and loving towards men, and you will be saved.
In the end, whatever our circumstances, all of us are called to be saints.
"It keeps me tethered to my newfound faith when I am not at church. As a choir member, it keeps my mind on the music of the liturgy."