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Eight Habits of Highly Effective Catholics

Fr Lawrence Lew OP

The keys to peace on earth and joy in heaven.

Habit #7 – They surrender themselves lovingly, in holy obedience, to the will of God 

Within the daily circumstances of their lives, believers who have a radical trust in God live out the words that Jesus taught us to pray: “your will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6: 10). They don’t lament and complain about the difficulties of life because they know that the Father will provide their daily bread and they know how to forgive all those who’ve hurt them. 

Habit #8 – They are happy

Highly efficient Catholics possess an indescribable joy. Even when they suffer terribly, they continue to smile, because they know that their smile encourages others to press on and persevere. They can always laugh because they know that God loves them unconditionally. They have an interior peace because of their radical trust in God. They know that the words of Teresa of Avila are true and real: 

Let nothing trouble you, let nothing frighten you. All things are passing; God never changes. Patience obtains all things. He who possesses God lacks nothing: God alone suffices.

Are you ready to start cultivating some of these habits? Begin my making time for daily prayer (including silent prayer) and before you know it, God will help you to form all the other habits. Guaranteed.

Fr. James Farfaglia is the Pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Corpus Christi, TX.  You can visit him on the web at

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