The saints lived ordinary lives like you and me but with the passion to live this life on earth in constant union with Christ.
Ultimately, I believe this idea of bringing something of great value to people when they didn’t even know they needed it is exactly how God works in each one of us.
In January 2001, I had the opportunity of greeting Pope John Paul II in St. Peter’s Square. I knelt before him for a few seconds, grasped his hand, received his blessing. I walked off the platform still in a daze. Had I really been blessed by the Pope?
In this month of October we join hands and hearts as we come together to continue our prayers for a cure for Breast Cancer.
My recent conviction of “be the one,” when I think about the one person, the one collection of human beings in the world that needs this love that doesn’t have bounds, conditions or strings attached is young women. I don’t see a more broken group of people.
This simple prayer, a kind of “I love you, Mom”, repeated 10 times in a decade, is at the heart of the Rosary. It is a beautiful prayer which praises her as the blessed Mother of God, and then asks for her intercession at the end of lives. It has often been reported that most people call out for their mothers in their last hours; if we faithfully pray this prayer throughout our lives, how can Mother Mary deny our request when that unknown hour comes for us?
Today we celebrate St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, a humble Polish nun through whom God imparted His message of Divine Mercy to the world. Mercy. It’s not a word to be used or taken lightly. So what does it really mean? What implication does that have for us?
Whenever my little ones, ages 3 and 2, spot a statue of a male saint, they almost always excitedly mistake his identity; “Loooooook, it’s Jesus!” I often laugh and correct them, but recently I thought, perhaps in their innocent mistake is hidden a glimmer of truth.
“Be joyful in love, be firm in hope and be constant in effort.” This is where my book flew open when I prayed for guidance one day… After reading it I signed up to compete in the longest Triathlon that I had ever done, the MALIBU International Triathlon on September 16, 2017.