The strangest thing

I left my wallet in a coffee shop the other day. There were dozens of people there when I left and I just knew, the moment I turned around in my car, it would be gone.

But the strangest thing happened - when I walked back in, my wallet was sitting exactly where I left it.

Why is it so easy to assume the worst in people?

I think it's easy because it's lazy.

When we assume the worst in them, we leave ourselves no room to learn and grow.

Perhaps, this Lent, rather than resenting your spouse the next time their short with you, take a moment - breathe - and ask what's really bothering them. (You might even be surprised to find out it isn't you.)

Or, how about that person at work who's always in a bad mood? Rather than talking behind their back, find out something simple that gives them joy, and surprise them with it.

It doesn't mean everything's going to go your way. But it can serve as a gentle reminder of how God is with us.

"The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in Mercy." Psalm 145:8

What's the plan?

Our spiritual lives do not come together on their own. We have to make a plan and stick with it.

Failure to plan is planning to fail.

PS - It's not too late to make a plan for Lent. Matthew Kelly's Best Lent Ever program can help.

So, you want to be a saint?

We know the desire to be a saint pleases God. But we also know he wants more than our desire.

God wants our hearts.

The saints help us see what that looks like.

This Lent, study the life of St. Pio or Bl. Mother Teresa. Consider praying with the journal of St. John XXIIIWho could forget the classics from St. Augustine and St. Therese of Lisieux?

Reading their words and understanding their lives will help us grow in our walk with God.

Happy reading!

Know this

There is never a moment where God is not dreaming to make you a saint - never a moment where he does not long to hear your voice.

You must know this.

God thinks of you constantly. Constantly!

Make time to think of him today, too.

Whisper, in the silence of your heart, the simple prayer from St. Bernadette Soubirous below.

Then, look to the people closest to you and remind them to do the same.

"My Jesus, fill my heart with so much love that one day it will break just to be with you. My Jesus, you know I have placed you as a seal on my heart. Remain there always." 
(St. Bernadette Soubirous)