"He loves, He hopes, He waits. Our Lord prefers to wait Himself for the sinner for years rather than keep us waiting an instant."
--Saint Maria Goretti
Julia Harrell is a former teacher turned stay-at-home mom. She
lives outside Washington, DC with her husband and young children and writes
about theology, culture, books, and education at http://www.julia-harrell.com/. Her
first book How to Be a Hero: Train With
the Saints is about the virtues and will be released in March 2017.
We need more saints who are not afraid, saints who are not afraid to speak the truth where truth is needed, saints who are not afraid to give even their very lives for the sake of compassion for those who are lost, saints who are not so easily disheartened with the evil that they see, knowing that it is God who will have the final say and God’s will shall always prevail. What does the world need right now? We need more saints who are merciful, saints who will not so easily judge or cast away or condemn, saints who know suffering and who can honor the pain of those who hurt, saints who can understand grief, who can understand loss, who know how it is to be empty and poor and forgotten, to be without love just when you need it most. What does the world need right now? We need more saints who are humble, saints who are not always concerned about themselves, for they know that God is already concerned about them; saints who know the truth, who know their own misery and lowliness before the perfection and purity of God; saints who boast not of their own righteousness, knowing that every good thing that they may have comes from God only, comes only from His love. What does the world need right now? We need more saints who are lovers, saints who are not only concerned with fulfilling the commandments or avoiding sin, saints who are more like Good Samaritans, willing to go out of their way, so they can help those in need; saints who have seen God’s Face and who bear His image for all the world to see. For this is indeed, what the world needs right now, saints who have seen Him, saints who let Him live within them, ready to give as He gives, to live as He lives, to love as He has always loved!