By Paulina French

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength liesSt Teresa of Calcutta

“This holiness to which the Lord calls you will grow through small gestures. Here is an example: a woman goes shopping, she meets a neighbour and they begin to speak, and the gossip starts. But she says in her heart: “No, I will not speak badly of anyone”. This is a step forward in holiness. Later, at home, one of her children wants to talk to her about his hopes and dreams, and even though she is tired, she sits down and listens with patience and love. That is another sacrifice that brings holiness. Later she experiences some anxiety, but recalling the love of the Virgin Mary, she takes her rosary and prays with faith. Yet another path of holiness. Later still, she goes out onto the street, encounters a poor person and stops to say a kind word to him. One more step.” (Pope Francis, Gaudete et Exsultate, 16)

Lord help me to remember that holiness is attainable through my everyday actions. I ask that you help me to remember that you are with me as I take my steps toward holiness. Amen