Now and then

It's not about knowing all the answers. Rather, it's about knowing the One with all the answers.

Get to know Jesus through daily prayer.

The rest comes later.

Why we were made

We were not made to just get through the day. Nor were we made to simply make it to next week.

As Saint John Paul II said, "We were made for greater things!"

We were made for friendship with God - both in this life and in the next.

How's your friendship with God going?

The time I froze on the radio

Last week on the radio I interviewed a religious sister who walked with Mother Teresa for 27 years.

She spoke quietly, sharing stories of her longtime friend who she had known as "Mother." 

It was fascinating to hear Sister speak first hand about this woman I've read about for so long.

And then, just as I was getting comfortable with the interview, Sister said something that made me go speechless. I don't remember what question preceded it (and it really doesn't matter), but I'll never forget the way I felt.

Sister said that she believed Mother Teresa was in the room with us right now.

I froze, hid the goosebumps on my arms, and tried to think of what to say next.

Sister's words slowly started to make sense. Mother Teresa once said she would spend her heaven on earth doing good, dispelling darkness, and making God loved.

But in the room right now?

I remember making some joke that since Mother Teresa is in the room we should get her on the air (that joke gave me a few extra moments to pick my jaw up from the floor), but my heart was racing.

Mother Teresa became real to me in that moment. More real than any book I've ever read.

And that's the way it's supposed to be.

The saints are not mythological figures in stained glass windows. The saints are friends, mentors and prayer warriors who walk with us in whatever comes our way.

Maybe it's a saint who lived long ago. Or maybe, like Sister, it's someone you knew. Invite a saint into your spiritual life this week and ask them to make God more alive in your heart.

The purpose of obstacles

St. Therese of Lisieux suffered physically.

Blessed Mother Teresa suffered spiritually.

St. Teresa of Avila had to deal with...well...people.

All three of these women could have complained. They could have asked questions like, "why me?"

But they didn't.

Instead, they recognized the obstacles that stood in their way for what they are: launching points to holiness.