5 Shortest Ways to Heaven According to the Saints

When it comes to getting to heaven, scenic routes are stupid.

Don’t get me wrong, I love scenic routes but when the destination is a gazillion squared times better than the route, there’s no real need to dawdle. That’s how it is with heaven.

So here are five of the shortest ways to get to heaven, courtesy of five helpful saints.

Martin Sheen in 'The Way'

Martin Sheen in ‘The Way’


“Obedience is not only the sum total of spiritual perfection, it is also the easiest, safest, surest, and quickest way of growing in holiness and gaining Heaven itself.”

– St John Bosco

Holy Communion

Holy Communion is the shortest and safest way to heaven. There are others: innocence, but that is for little children; penance, but we are afraid of it; generous endurance of trials of life, but when they come we weep and ask to be. The surest, easiest, shortest way is the Eucharist.”

– Pope St Pius X, Quotable Saints (2003) by Ronda Chervin, p. 79.


“I will look for some means of going to heaven by a little way which is very short and very straight, a little way that is quite new… It is your arms, Jesus, which are the lift to carry me to heaven, And so there is no need for me to grow up. In fact, just the opposite: I must stay little and become less and less.”

– St Therese of Lisieux

Faithfulness to the Holy Spirit

“God is very generous and does not deny His grace to anyone. Indeed He gives more than what we ask of Him. Faithfulness to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit – that is the shortest route [to holiness]”

– St Faustina, Divine Mercy in my Soul, 291.

Blessed Virgin Mary

“[The] Blessed Mother… is the safest, easiest, shortest and most perfect way of approaching Jesus”

– St Louis de Montfort, True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin, 56.

And a Bonus!

“Knowest thou the shortest way to arrive at Heaven? It is that of confidence in My merits and fidelity to grace.”

- Christ to Sister Benigna Consolata Ferrero (March 5th, 1905)

I’m not sure if I have a favourite among them. I also suspect they’re not totally mutually exclusive.

Just to be safe though, I’d suggest we be obedient to and confident in Christ, faithful to the inspirations of the Holy Spirit, in seeking to make ourselves little, that we might be carried by Our Blessed Mother to partake the Holy Eucharist, and thus get to heaven and union with the Holy Trinity ASAP.

Or you know, we could always have another toilet stop at the gift shop…


  1. Francis says

    Laura, I blogged about this post for the Catholic Herald in the UK. Thank you for it. You would be interested in the posts I got as a result…Best wishes – Francis

  2. john hickey says

    Hi Francis,
    I just popped in to see what was cooking. Good stuff in this blog. It’s good to see that another generation is coming through as we are in the departure lounge. . . which I think is a better name for the funeral parlour.
    I know exactly what you mean, but one hesitation, one caveat I have with obedience, is this: what if the order is sinful, and puts not only the superior’s soul in danger, but that of others , including oneself?
    “Honour thy father and mother” is a great commandment, so long as we remember that unsaid conditions go along with it, viz, that the home is not unholy. Many poor children were trapped in frightful domestic situations, but their plight was ignored, and they were pushed back into danger and abuse. Just as important, what if one is attempting to honour those in loco parentis, who wilfully extract obedience from children for wrongful ends?
    So, I always have a caveat about obedience to mortal men. . . obey in everything that is not sinful. If they insist, raise the roof.
    Apart from that, I think most Catholics would be proud of what you are obviously trying to do. Very professional too,
    God bless,
    from John

  3. englishwoman says

    What about St Josemaria? Not exactly short, but sure. “And what is the secret of perseverance? Love. Fall in Love, and you will not leave him. (The Way, 999)”


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