Friday, April 27, 2012

7 Quick Takes (Vol. 5) the Inspiration Edition

Happy Friday everyone! I figured we can always use a bit of inspiration so I thought I'd share some people that have inspired me and continue to motivate me to become a better person. Feel free to share any of your motivators with me, I'd love to add to the list of awesomeness! So here's my list (In no particular order...) and a bit about why I look up to them each individual.

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Picture From Gloria TV
He was a very active young adult (died at age 24). Was athletic, involved in politics, humble, devout Catholic (even when ridiculed by his family), was extremely close to his family, came from money but gave to the poor at every opportunity. Read the book below written by his sister. It's great.

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First of all, she's my confirmation saint :) St. Elizabeth is the first person born in the United States of America to become a saint. She was a wife and mother. She a convert to Catholicism. She was a teacher. She founded a religious order, Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph. She was a rock star.
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So I'm a sucker for a good romance, and it must have a happy ending. I recently saw The V.ow and enjoyed the movie, but wanted to hear the true story behind it, so I'm currently reading "The Vo.w: The True Even.ts that Inspir.ed the Movie" and it is a truly amazing and inspirational story about the dedication of a husband and wife, even when tragedy occurs. It is beautiful and real.

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I watched a special recently on South Africa's history and was so inspired by all those fighting for justice, against all odds, especially individuals such as Des.mond Tut.u and  Oliver T.ambo. After Mandela's release from prison and his presidency he led the country with a focus on peace. He was a wonderful example and needed leader of a torn and hurting country.

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So we recently finished The Catholicism Series in our young adult group at my parish. I love the way that Fr. Baron explains the faith. How he uses everyday examples we can all relate to and how he explains things without making those listening feel unintelligent.

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I love the energy that JPII brought to the Church. I am inspired by the generation he moved (the JP2 generation). His writings and teachings on love and marriage are so needed in today's world. He inspired people of all faiths and all nationalities.

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Everyone striving for sainthood
(and no, that's not a cop-out answer)

Saint That is Just Me by Danielle Rose

I am constantly inspired by ordinary people that are living their faith. Are trying to be the "best version of themselves" (as Matthew Kelly would say). Constantly put others before themselves. Those who on a daily basis love their neighbor as themselves. I am inspired to strive for sainthood.

 Alright, that's all from me. Enjoy the weekend! 
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