God put you into the world to offer your whole life as a sacrifice to him in union with the perfect sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ. He knows the handicaps you started with. Of course he does, because it was he who put them there . . . He meant those handicaps to be the condition of the sacrifice you were to offer to him. When he became man on earth, he might have been the son of an emperor, but he became the son of a carpenter. It wasn’t bad luck. He preferred it that way because it made his sacrifice more perfect. And every disadvantage you started life with is, in the same way, part of his plan. It is to make your sacrifice to him more perfect.
– Monsignor Ronald Knox
Padre Pio Devotions announces a new book written by Diane Allen and published by Padre Pio Press: They Walked with God: St. Bernadette Soubirous, St. John Vianney, St. Damien of Molokai, St. Andre Bessette, Bl. Solanus Casey
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