VIRTUE OF THE WEEK
As Catholics we are called each day to live courageously. To be truly Catholic is not an easy task. God asks us to live selflessly and place all our trust in Him, and it is not easy. There will be days when we wish to wallow in our sorrows or give in to the pleasures of the world, but a courageous soul does not give in. A courageous soul stands up to the world. A courageous soul understands not only the beauty of sacrifice but also the power and grace of God. To be afraid is human, but that does not mean you lack courage. Fear is an emotion, but courage is the conviction to stand up for what you believe in; to stand up for the truth. So many of us fear the call to sacrifice because we look at sacrifice as losing something. If we wish to be courageous, we must first come to the realization that in sacrifice we lose nothing and in fact gain everything.
"St. Michael, guard me, guide me, and protect me. Give me the courage I need to stand up and defend almighty God."