Thought for the Day – 8 April
Many faithful Catholics resisted the French Revolution’s anticlericalism and the destruction of the church. But perhaps the most outstanding opponent of the Jacobins, and certainly the most unusual, was St. Julie Billiart, for she was paralysed and conducted her defiance from her bed. Overcoming obstacles seems to be part of the business of holiness and sainthood. St Julie was not only paralysed and crippled but she suffered complete loss of speech! Somehow, she managed to lead and inspire others in spite of her infirmities. Nothing is impossible for those who love and trust God – miracles happen and with God and doing His work, remarkable things are accomplished! Each of us has limitations but the worst malady any of us can suffer is the spiritual paralysis that keeps us from doing God’s work on earth. So what is stopping us?
St Julie Billiart, pray for us!