One of the side effects of living during our modern age is that it’s so easy to complicate things.

We have massive lists of to-dos or goals that we think will lead us to Happiness: personally, maritally, career-wise.  

Or, for raising good kids, we have a laundry list of items that they need: from iPads to expensive experiences, and jam-packed schedules.

Furthermore, we often think that Sainthood means moving to India, starting a religious order, and changing the world.

It’s all too much – and by that I mean, it’s too complicated. There are too many things to keep track of and attempt to execute on a daily basis.

How can we simplify? Where can we simplify in our lives?

Ponder this today. But, I’d wager that all of these – happiness, being a good parent, becoming a Saint – start with simply giving our time. Be present to our spouse, our children, our neighbors, our coworkers.

St. John Paul II called this the gift of self. And, it’s the simple path to holiness and happiness that transcends time, place, and culture. 

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