“It is no accident that Jesus connects God’s work with faith in him. The way one best proclaims his or her faith is by good works, for actions really can speak louder than words.”

–from God Is Not Fair

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“Cheerfulness prepares a glorious mind for all the noblest acts.”
— St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

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“Our first duty, therefore, precisely in order to heal this world, is to be holy, configured to God; in this way we emanate a healing and transforming power that also acts on others, on history. . . In this regard, it us useful to reflect that the Twelve Apostles were not perfect men, chosen for their moral and religious irreproachability. They were indeed believers, full of enthusiasm and zeal but at the same time marked by their human limitations, which were sometimes even serious. Therefore Jesus did not call them because they were already holy, complete, perfect, but so that they might become so, so that they might thereby also transform history, as it is for us, as it is for all Christians.”

— Pope Benedict XVI

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