A Penitent Blogger

Mindful of my imperfections, seeking to know Truth more deeply and to live Love more fully.

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Friday, October 21, 2005


I don’t know about you, but I often feel confused.

My mind is so easily distracted. I feel pulled in many directions at once.

I want to be a good servant of God, but I fail so often.

I read about the saints and I want to be the way they were: focused completely and powerfully on God.

Among the greatest of these saints is Saint Paul the Apostle, and in today’s first reading (Romans 7:18-25a) this great Prince of the Apostles says this about himself:

For I do not do
the good I want,
but I do the evil
I do not want.

When we feel discouraged about our failures, we can take great comfort in that we are not alone, for we are all human – even the greatest among us.

That is not a license for moral apathy, but a message of encouragement: from the greatest of apostles to the greatest of sinners, we need not despair, for by the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ we can do better.