The Gift of Fortitude

“Let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us…” (Hebrews 12:1)

As we enter the fourth day of the Novena of the Holy Spirit, we ask for the gift of Fortitude: “the moral virtue that ensures firmness in difficulties and constancy in the pursuit of the good” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1808)

We all experience difficult situations in our lives. The good news, however, is that those who are blessed with the gift of Fortitude are able to cope with life’s sufferings, temptations, and fears in divine ways. Filled with the gift of Fortitude, they place their trust in God: “Because always, even in the darkest moments, in moments of sin, in moments of weakness, in moments of failure, I have seen Jesus, and I trusted Him … He has not left me alone” (Pope Francis, Sept 22, 2013)

Through the gift of Fortitude, our suffering unites us with the pain experienced by Jesus, Mary, all the Saints, and countless brothers and sisters. It is through the gift of Fortitude that on a certain day we will be joyful to say: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7)

Have a blessed day!!!

Today’s Race

“Let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us and persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith.” ~ Hebrews 12: 1-2

God, on this Holy Tuesday I ask you to give me perseverance to complete today’s race with joy and determination and without sinning. Send your Angels to keep me company along the way; to protect me against evil.

Nourish my soul with the fruits of the Holy Spirit, especially patience, faithfulness, and self-control.  Keep me focus on competing well and crossing the finish line.