Thursday, May 5, 2011

True sanctity

"To humble ourselves, to suffer our imperfections with patience, this is true sanctity, the source of peace."   St. Therese of Lisieux

My dear friends,
Good morning!

A woman of peace knows she is not perfect and prays for the grace to accept her shortcomings.

I have suffered my own imperfections over and over, sometimes saying like St. Paul, "For what I want to do I do not do but what I hate to do." Rm 7:15 but, with His grace, I still cry out to the Lord to deliver me. I keep giving him my "yes" in my anguish and tears trusting him to the best of my ability, and before long peace rises within me again to replace my troubled soul. The rising that is the same power that rose Jesus from the dead. The power of God--the power of love. The Paschal mystery.*

When I turn to God in my need and ask for him to hear me, he faithfully pours out his love because the Lord hears the cry of the poor and delivers them from all distress, Ps 34: 6, and as I respond by receiving his love I am changed. The storm calms and I can walk peacefully. And I have been reminded I am a human being in need of my God. And what a gift that is!

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Grace and peace,

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