“Remain in my love!”

“You have a special mission to perform in life; there is a particular task marked out for each and every one of you. And to succeed in life you must remain united to Jesus; you must listen to him when he tells you, ‘Remain in my love.'” (Blessed Pope Joh Paul II, May 8, 1984)

Near the back of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, there is a small gift shop with a very virtuous lady behind the counter. I was observing her extreme patience with a particular customer who changed his mind three times about the style of rosary that he wanted and then he added on a few things at the last minute after she had rung up the account. After the customer left, I asked her, “How has your day been going?” She responded with a worn down smile, “Father, it has been a very long day with some difficulties, but I am doing fine.” She was fulfilling her “particular task” well, and I was impressed by her level of “self-mastery”, kindness and patience…truly a witness of Christian living!


About Father Michael Sliney, LC

Father Michael Sliney was ordained a priest in Rome on December 24, 1998. He studied mechanical engineering at Michigan State University for two years before entering the Legion. As a seminarian he earned a bachelors in philosophy from the University of St. Thomas Aquinas and degrees in philosophy and theology from the Pontifical Regina Apostolorum College in Rome. He works with youth groups in the Washington D.C. area.
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