Many times we hear of saints or even people we know that have a great devotion to the Blessed mother, to the Rosary, to the Holy Eucharist, etc. And for those of us that maybe wouldn’t describe ourselves as someone with a special devotion (myself included here), we can sometimes get the wrong impression about what it means to be devoted.

We think of being devoted as the honeymoon phase of faith. Head over heels, consumed, utterly infatuated with the other. Like for those people, praying the Rosary is the most enjoyable experience ever. But, this view of devotion doesn’t paint a complete picture.

A strong devotion doesn’t just mean that we love when it’s easy, but especially when it’s hard, when it hurts, when times are tough, when it’s easier not to.

As we know or have experienced ourselves, the honeymoon ends. And when the honeymoon ends and the clouds roll in, that’s where the real devotion kicks in. When we’re called to love the person when we don’t feel like it.

The same is true for matters of faith. There are times when we don’t feel like going to Mass or praying the Rosary, but those times are opportunities to strengthen our devotion.

Be the Men.

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