Now, it's your turn

My wife and I had lunch the other day with a couple of friends who are going through something more than we could ever imagine.
 
But we didn't take them out to lunch because we felt bad for them. Nor did we take them out to lunch to "do a good deed."

We took them to lunch because we wanted to learn from them--learn from their doubts, learn from their fears, learn from their simple and heroic faith in our God who won't let them go.

Now, it's your turn.

Who in your life can you learn from this week?

Words you wouldn't expect to hear

Are there days when you feel distant from God? Yeah, me too.

But we're not alone.

Mother Teresa faced spiritual darkness for 40 years and did not shy from telling others of her struggle:

"I am told God lives in me - and yet the reality of darkness and coldness and emptiness is so great that nothing touches my soul. I want God with all the power of my soul - and yet between us there is terrible separation."

In spite of her spiritual struggle, Mother Teresa did God's work anyway.

Mother Teresa did God's work because she loved him more than she loved good feelings.

And we must love God like that, too.

Ask yourself this one question

Every morning, when you wake up, ask yourself this one question...

Will I make time to pray today?

Then, answer.

Commitment is the first step to action.

A helpful guide to thinking differently

The Christian doesn't say:

"I wish I had more time, more money, more opportunities."

Rather, the Christian says:

"I will be a better manager of my time, more generous with my money, and more thankful to God for the opportunities he's given me."

Just as St. John Paul II reminded us: It's not about having more. It's about being more.

When you argue with your spouse

If we argue with our spouse in front of our kids and grandkids, do we make sure to apologize and ask for forgiveness also in front of our kids and grandkids?

Witnessing the humility and forgiveness of a mother and father (or grandmother and grandfather) might just be the best example of God's love and mercy they will ever see.

And they won't forget it.