From an early age, Frances nurtured an ardent desire to fully and freely serve God in a convent. However, she would wait many years and suffer much adversity before she would see this dream fulfilled.
I’ve been a full-time youth minister working with middle school and high students for the past six years, and it’s always amazing to hear their hearts, their dreams, and their visions for their lives.
We could explain saints by calling them the people we want to be. Or know we should want to be, even if we’re not feeling it. I love St. Pio, but I’m not keen on working as hard as he did and dealing with all those people. My love for him makes me want to be a little better at both than I am. Because he loved God so much, he makes me love God a little more.
Doctors don’t seem to do this anymore, but when St. Francis de Sales was alive, they would judge a man’s health by the state of his tongue. So, he says, “our words are a true test of the state of our soul. Just as we put our hand quickly on the place that hurts, so too the tongue is quick to point out what we love.”
The title “Christ” means Anointed One. Anointings signify being set apart by God for a specific purpose. So, how is Jesus set apart?