For some, the return to ordinary time is a welcome return to a routine where things are predictable and comfortable. For others it is a challenge to return to the "ordinary" liturgical season. The grace of perseverance is a worthy gift for which to ask during this time between Christmas and Lent. Making the "ordinary" holy by our attention and care is no small work. Let us pray for the grace to persevere in all that we do: in our work, in our prayer, in whatever our our family obligations may be, in the resolutions we have made, etc.
A pearl of wisdom from St. Francis about this great grace:
"The enemy often tries to make us attempt and start many projects so that we will be overwhelmed with too many tasks, and therefore achieve nothing. . . Sometimes he even suggests the wish to undertake some excellent work . . . He does not care how many beginnings we make so long as nothing is finished. Among Christians, it is not so much the beginning as the end that counts."