Happy Feast Day of Saint Matthias, indeed a special day for me. On this day, which landed on a Wednesday in 1958, I was brought into this world at Saint Luke's Hospital in New Bedford, Massachusetts. As always, thanks Ma and Dad!
Fittingly, at today's general audience in Vatican City, Pope Francis reflected upon and catechized on the Holy Spirit's gift of fortitude.
"With this, we must not think that the gift of fortitude is only necessary on some occasions or in certain situations. This gift must be the base note of our being Christians, in our ordinary everyday lives …
Dear friends, sometimes we may be tempted to allow ourselves be overtaken by laziness or despondency, especially when faced with the hardships and trials of life. In these cases, do not lose heart, but invoke the Holy Spirit, so that with the gift of fortitude He can lift our hearts and communicate new vigor and enthusiasm to our lives and our following Jesus."
At 56, I need all the fortitude I can get!
A happy day all around.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.