From The Catholic Mom's Prayer Companion: My Path to Sainthood


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My Path to Sainthood

In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:18

Today, I’m pondering my own path to sainthood as we embark on a month oriented toward giving thanks. Remembering my favorite saints, I wonder how they felt in the midst of their own spiritual journeys. How were they capable of offering up even their greatest sacrifices, seeing those things as a path to sanctity?

As I age, I’m trying to remember to proactively offer gratitude for the crosses I’m being called to bear. But I’ll admit to often failing, falling into “Seriously, God?” pessimism. Rather than seeing the chance to come to the aid of a loved one as another step toward holiness, too often I miss grace because I’m blinded by selfishness. But a deeper consideration of the saints we celebrate today, the canonized but also those known only in our own lives, reminds me that seeing the hand of God in all things—perhaps especially those we wouldn’t choose for ourselves—bears witness to the truths we profess.

Let’s give thanks this month not only for the Norman Rockwell moments, but also for the trials. Let’s embrace the chance to nurse an infant in the wee hours or to discipline the teen who just broke curfew. Let’s appreciate the budget that needs balancing, the roof that leaks, the layoff from work, or Nana’s health-care needs. In all circumstances, especially those that demand that we lean more deeply into God’s loving arms, let’s give thanks.

God, source of all bounty, allow me to embrace every moment of my path to knowing and loving you.

To Ponder: What struggles in your life require your gratitude rather than your grief?


Copyright 2016 Lisa M. Hendey for The Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion.
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About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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