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Ave Maria Meditations

You seem lately to have had a bad attack of one of confidence in God and a feeling of despair of ever becoming a saint. Yes, my dear child, it is neither impossible not hopeless as long as God leaves it in your power to pray.

I assert fearlessly that if only we all prayed enough–and I mean by that a constant, steady, unflagging stream of aspirations, petitions, etc., from the heart–there is not one, no matter how imperfect, careless or even sinful, who would not become a saint and a big one.

I am perfectly and painfully conscious that, for my own part, I do not pray a hundredth part of what I should or what God wants. Prayer, then, being the key to sanctity, never tell me again, my dear child, that there is no chance of your becoming a saint. But you certainly never will until you learn to turn every action into a prayer and shake off the old tempter who strangles your efforts to pray.

+Fr. Willie Doyle, S.J.

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Our Lady found this unworthy lukewarm person and obtained for her the grace to enter the Third Order of the Franciscans of the Immaculate. May this person spend all eternity in showing her gratitude.

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