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"I Just Can't Get Up"


I don’t know when you last tried to wake up a teenage boy, but for me it is almost a daily occurrence.


And what I have learned over the past few years is that no matter how the previous day went, or what time they went to bed, or what is going on in their lives, my teenage boys always begin with the assumption that they just can’t get up.


Who knows, it is perhaps because of this that I have seen a strange parallel with my fellow Catholics.


Everything, or almost everything, has become the reason, the excuse really, why they cannot evangelize others and become saints.


Does this sound familiar?


“It’s because of what the pastor is or is not doing.”


“It’s because of where I live and my access to others.”


“It’s because of Covid or government restrictions.


“It’s because of others and what they know or don’t know, accept or don’t accept.”


The list could go on of course.

Do you really believe that Jesus, the God who made you and loves you, is calling you to do something that is actually beyond your control?

In the end though, the assumption is that we cannot do what we are called by the Lord to do, and we cannot become what we are called by the Lord to become because of external circumstances.


Does that sound right to you?


Do you really believe that Jesus, the God who made you and loves you, is calling you to do something that is actually beyond your control?


Does that sound like something He would do?


I don’t think so.


He knows what you can handle.

He knows what is actually within your circle of possibility.

And He knows what could happen to this world if you just got up.


Stop assuming that the day is won by someone else.


You’re Catholic.


Get up!




in Christ,


patrick

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