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Driving to work yesterday I sang along with a favorite CD: “I do believe, You are strong enough; in my weakness, Lord be lifted up.” I thought of St. Margaret Mary and how once, in the midst of an ecstasy she cried out, “Have pity on my weakness!” - to which Christ answered, “I shall be your strength.”

We are weak in so many ways! No matter how much we try to do and say the right things and to be the Light of Christ in the world, we usually fail pretty miserably each day. Whether it’s not enough time in prayer, saying something we regret the moment it leaves our lips, losing our temper with loved ones, giving in to some temptation or other, etc., etc., it seems that we are all in the same boat with the person who prayed: “Lord, thank you that so far today I have not sinned at all…now if I can just keep it going once I get out of bed!”

“In my weakness, Lord be lifted up.” How can THAT possibly happen? How can my defects cause God to be praised? I think one answer to that is simple: humility. When we recognize our faults, it causes us to be humble, and humility is the surest path to God. In our recognition that we can’t be perfect without Him, we lift God up.

Today, Heavenly Father, I am thankful that in my weakness, whatever it may be, You are there. I pray that others will see it is my faith which sustains me, my hope which propels me, and my trust in You which enables me to accept my faults. In my weakness, Lord be lifted up…Amen!

St. Margaret Mary, pray for us!