There is an unmistakable rhythm to the academic calendar. I think we would all agree that the drudgery of winter is a trying time, both in school and in the home. I admit to being victimized by the aforementioned stagnant spirit.
Reaching the halfway point, and successfully transitioning into the second half of the year presents an occasion for joyful reflection on all of the achievements and graces received in this academic year.
I think now is an especially great opportunity to look towards saints who have both spoken about and modeled perseverance and courage in the face of enduring challenges.
"God does not require that we be successful, only that we be faithful" - Mother Teresa
"Pray as if everything depended on God and work as if everything depended on you" - St. Ignatius
“People are made for happiness. Rightly, then, you thirst for happiness. Christ has the answer to this desire of yours. But he asks you to trust him. True joy is a victory, something which cannot be obtained without a long and difficult struggle. Christ holds the secret of this victory.” - St. John Paul II
"A single act of love makes the soul return to life." - St. Maximilian Kolbe
Yours Truly In Christ,