“Don’t be disheartened. I have seen you struggle. Today’s defeat is training for the final victory.”– St. Josemaria Escriva
So many saints have said this in so many different ways. The way to be a saint is to always get up when you fall.
As long as we are in this life, we will mess up. Little sins, big sins… sin happens. Sad, but true. (That’s what the confessional is for!)
The difference between Hitler and Mother Teresa is that Hitler gave in to the darkness. Mother Teresa never gave up the fight. No matter how dark things looked, how alone she felt, how grim the world was, Mother Teresa– and all the saints in heaven!– never gave up. They never gave in. No matter how hard it was, when they messed up, they got back up and kept going.
So don’t worry when you mess up. Don’t ever despair. God is always ready to forgive and forget. You just need to be ready to get back up and try again. And again. And again. Ad infinitum (well, not really, but you get what I’m saying). No matter how old you get. No matter how tired you are. No matter how annoying or heartbreaking or disgusting the world is. No matter how much you’re suffering. Whatever your situation is. Get back up again. And again. And again!
What’s that old saying…? “Practice makes perfect.”
Why, yes. Yes, it does!