It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be grounded down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.” – St. John Paul II

I saw this quote on Instagram yesterday, thanks to Catholic Connect, and it really fits with the topic for today.

I love the imagery of ‘stirring desire.’ I believe all of us have a deep desire to not only do great things with our lives, but to be saints.

But, that desire often gets suffocated by doubts and fears.

We see these amazing people loving God and others in ways that we have a hard time imagining ourselves doing likewise.

Using tangible examples, we want to be the person who’s willing to give the shirt off our backs, or to stop on the highway to help change a flat. But, it’s challenging. We see an opportunity to love our neighbor, we know we should, but we kinda chicken out.

But, we must remember – the saints’ amazing feats and acts of love didn’t come out of nowhere. It was a lifetime of living their faith daily. And, we should be no different. Each day, we should open our eyes and ears to ways we can love and serve God and others.

And for us, those who aren’t serving the poor on the streets of Calcutta, when we feel that desire to do great things – harness it, take note. Remember who we want to be, and pray for the grace to be that person.


Be the Men,


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