Long-term investing

I don't write these weekly blogs to, as they say, "pump-you-up" (in fact, it's more for the opposite).

Conversion is not like winning the lottery. It's more like investing in a retirement plan.

Conversion is a long, disciplined, time-consuming, non-compromising, growing, friendship with God in His Church.

Somedays we crawl, others we walk, and still others we sprint.

But we never, ever, stop.

His first feast as a saint!

Karol Joseph Wojtyla––remember him?

Sure you do.

We know him now as St. John Paul II, and today is his first official feast day after being canonized less than six months ago.

St. John Paul II was pope for over 26 years (third longest of any pope in history).

He also traveled a lot. In fact, if you add up the miles he traveled, they would circle the earth 30 times.

He was seen by more people, in person, than any other individual that's walked the planet.

And he canonized more saints than the last five centuries of his predecessors combined (here's the list if you're wondering).

More importantly...he was uncompromising in his love for Jesus Christ.

We will do well to imitate him, read his biographies (this one's my favorite), and ask for his prayers.

St. John Paul II, pray for us!

Some of the most powerful words I've ever read

Today is the feast of St. Terese of Avila.

By now, you know of my devotion to her. She was feisty, funny, and holy--and wrote a book that changed my life forever. (This book was great, too.)

I could go on, but I won't.

Instead, read her powerful words below, and together, let's do our best to remember them always.

"Let nothing disturb you, Let nothing frighten you, All things are passing away: God never changes. Patience obtains all things. Whoever has God lacks nothing; God alone suffices."

The Upside?

I debated on what to write today. Much more than I normally do.

I try and get these weekly emails perfect.

I get angry when I make a typo and I toil on whether the emails are too long or too short.

It's all just noise. And I'm very distracted by it.

Isn't that true with life as well? It's easy to get distracted by all the noise. Especially the sounds that don't really matter.

The upside?

God can break through. But we have to let him.

When you're stressed, anxious, or spending too much time on what doesn't matter, do what I did...marry a spouse that keeps you on track (that part's optional), take a step back and invite God in.

He's waiting.

'The Little Flower'

Today's the feast of St. Therese of Lisieux. And if you've ever heard me speak, you know where I'm going.

She's popularly known as "The Little Flower" because of her meekness and humility. 

You see, Therese didn't see herself as a Rose or Lilly, Tullip or Orchid. Therese saw herself as the flower no one was to notice, growing quietly and without compromise for the love of God.

She taught "The Little Way" of holiness to those closest to her, a way that's now widely practiced in the Church today.

In fact, Therese once said that even something as small as picking up a pin for love "can convert a soul."

If you want to learn more about her, read her autobiography, Story of a Soul. Her words have changed countless lives, and they can change yours, too.

St. Therese of Lisieux, pray for us!