Thought of the Day January 11, 2016

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"If we—all of us—accept the grace of Jesus Christ, he changes our heart and from sinners makes us saints. To become holy we do not need to turn our eyes away and look somewhere else, or have as it were the face on a holy card! No, no, that is not necessary. To become saints only one thing is necessary: to accept the grace that the Father gives us in Jesus Christ. There, this grace changes our heart. We continue to be sinners for we are weak, but with this grace which makes us feel that the Lord is good, that the Lord is merciful, that the Lord waits for us, that the Lord pardons us—this immense grace that changes our heart.”  ( Pope Francis, The Church of Mercy )   This grace is given to us in the present moment. We need to ask Jesus to be able to recognize, accept and act on this grace. Change comes from a decision to move from what I am doing, which is not beneficial to me in the life of holiness, to choosing to act more in accordance with God's plan for my life.

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