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- All saints have something in common: they had to live and do ordinary things in life; they had to trust in God’s mercy. What is the greatest obstacle to becoming a saint, today?
- In God’s plan, St. Joseph was chosen to be the father/protector/formator of Jesus; Joseph was the closest man to Jesus and (next to Mary) had the most influence on the life of Jesus. We see St. Joseph’s fruitfulness in the life of Jesus. Contemplate the prompt obedience and love of Mary of St. Joseph.
- St. John Henry Newman: not Catholic from the start — “To be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant.” His willingness to follow the truth, wherever it led cost him greatly.
- St. Therese of Lisieux: do we appreciate the amount of suffering she experienced? Loss of mother at age 4 ½; bullied in school; anxiety; depression; tuberculosis; experience of desolation and despair.