The early Church saints were witnesses to a living faith and they accomplished extraordinary things all while being regular people like you and I.
The Catholic Church has exuded holiness in its members in every century, among the young and old, kings and common folks; and modern society has seen God raise up great saints as guides for us today, such as, St. Maximillian Kolbe and St. Therese of Lisieux.
St. Maximilian Kolbe, a modern apostle of evangelization was a Polish Franciscan priest whose whole life was dedicated to loving others as God loves us and had a special devotion to the Blessed Mother. Maximilian was a sickly person who only had one lung after several bouts with Tuberculosis. By the grace of God, he founded the largest monastery in the world, ran a huge printing ministry, made missionary trips to Japan and spent the end of his life in hard labor at Auschwitz. This is where his unfailing trust in God and his last act of love was served, when Maximilian took the place of a young father who had been sentenced to death. Knowing the young man had children, Maximilian offered himself to be shot in his place, and subsequently was executed shortly after. (John 3:16)
St. Therese of Lisieux spent time on this earth proving her love for God by scattering “little flowers” everywhere she went. These ‘flowers’ consisted of a kind glance, word, or deed as a small action of love. She took every opportunity to sacrifice: to smile at those she didn’t like, eat leftovers of any kind that were left for her without complaining, and begging forgiveness for things she did not do. St. Therese realized that if she trusted God in a “little way” it would still be pleasing to God. So, she loved the best way she could, and let Jesus make up the rest.
We are reminded by both these saints, that at times when we don’t feel like we can do enough, or are enough, that we only need to keep things simple but do everything with great love to keep God’s Kingdom growing.