Thursday, 28 April 2016

Happy Feast of St. Louis de Montfort!!

I am overjoyed to say today is St. Louis de Montfort's  300th anniversary from when he died. A very important feast to be sure! Today I wanted to tell you all a quick story from his life, a story that really inspired me. 

Throughout all his life he went from town to town, preaching sermons, talking in the streets, converting, but mainly being persecuted and hated by most. This is why he is the patron of the forgotten and lonely, because being unloved by thousands was his everyday life. Yet he accepted it and praised God for giving him the opportunity to sanctify himself. One day he went to a small poor town to preach a mission, and was shocked at how he was greeted by the people. Instead of getting stoned or spat at, everyone wouldn't stop hugging him! They hugged him, gave him huge meals, they all sanctified themselves and listened carefully every time he talked, it was a perfect success. At the end, his two followers were so happy they threw a party for such a holy town. As the party progressed they realized Montfort (as he liked people to call him) was missing! They looked and looked, and finally found him in a corner, looking very sad. They said, "Montfort! You've sanctified this whole town, everyone is a hundred times holier than they were before! Why are you so sad?" St. Louis slowly looked up at them and calmly said, "...what a cross... is no cross."

And so we see St. Louis de Montfort spirituality. No matter what suffering we have in life, or even when life is good to us, we must always follow God's will, and do it with a smile. Be gentle and kind to all that pass us, pray for those that hate you, and carry the cross alongside this amazing saint.

Friday, 8 April 2016

Listen to Your Needs

I’ve been really thinking about how souls have such a difficult time discerning their vocations. Some have it easy, and just get married, or enter a monastery, and not give it a second thought. But for most of us, especially us young people who are trying to figure out God’s will for the future, it can be a very confusing journey. But I want the reader, especially if you’re discerning, to always remember, you were built for something. Your heart, and all it’s needs, will correspond with where you go. 
In other words, you might be terrified it’s God’s will for you to be a cloistered nun, because you have such a need to be with people, and a need to feel human affections. But don’t worry, listen to your needs, and discern accordingly. God doesn’t want to put you in a place where you’ll be miserable. If you’re not happy when you’re trying out a certain way of life, don’t hesitate to change it! So many Catholics think that we should never be comfortable, always mortified and willing to suffer. And though it is true that we must be willing to conform to God’s will and offer up the sufferings of life, God didn’t make you so He could put you in a way of life that wouldn’t give you all that your heart needed. So please, choose a way of life that you’ll be happy and comfortable in. 

Life isn’t meant to be a constant series of pain and sacrifice. It’s a beautiful journey where sacrifice is rewarded, and mortification is given a greater good. All that you do will be rewarded a hundred fold “even on earth” as Our Lord said. I know discerning is difficult, but if you listen to what you need, you’ll get through this and live a life of peace, no matter what it is. Whether it’s a mom, or a monk, or a hermit, or a single man working in the world, all souls are equally loved by God, and will be high in heaven, as long as we fight for it.