Monday, February 6, 2012

5th Sunday in Reaaaally Ordinary Time.

Sometimes, holiness is feeding the hungry in Honduras.

Most of the time, it's:
maintaining joy while re-hanging clothes at work,
silencing the most horrible swears you know when it's nighttime and your oven won't shut off,
and realizing that the stress over your undone Research homework is really your own damn fault.

There's that. I'm exhausted.

"A Christian is to be a 'sign of contradiction'—a light on top of the mountain—
a thorn in the side of the world. His entire life is a silent reproach to sinners, 
a beacon of hope to the oppressed, a ray of sunshine to the saddened, 
a source of encouragement to the destitute and a visible sign of the invisible reality of grace.

Saints are ordinary people, who love Jesus, try to be like Him, 
are faithful to the duties of their state in life, sacrifice themselves for their neighbor 
and keep their hearts and minds free of this world.

They live in the world, but rise above its mediocre standards. 
They enjoy living because life is a challenge, not an indulgence. 
They may not understand the reason for the cross, 
but faith gives them that special quality to find hope within it. 
They do understand they are to walk in their Master's footsteps 
and everything that happens to them is turned to their good.

Saints are ordinary people, who do what they do for the love of Jesus 
say what they must say without fear - 
love their neighbor even when they are cursed by him 
and live without regret over yesterday or fear of tomorrow."
-Mother M. Angelica, "Holiness is for Everyone"

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