Kianna Garmanian, Staff Writer
Here we are again. A fresh new semester. I hope and pray that you had a relaxing and enjoyable Christmas break. The time away from school was just enough for me to rejuvenate and recharge for another semester of rigorous homework and late-night studying. If you are a returner, welcome back. If it is your first semester here, welcome to Saint Martin’s.
To kick off the start of this term, I would love to share a few inspirational and motivational quotes from some of the Saints. So, whenever you are in need of a little advice, hopefully these quotes will help brighten your day.
1. Saint Teresa of Calcutta: “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”
Imagine if you can make someone’s day a little brighter through your words or actions. Imagine if you can inspire another individual through your kindness. Imagine the impact you can have in the friendships and relationships in your life. Let’s face it: We are all walking around with our own set of struggles, challenges, pains, and sorrows. None of us can or will escape moments of darkness in our lives. Knowing this, I invite you to help spread a little joy or cheer to a fellow classmate, teacher, friend, relative, or family member.
2. Saint Catherine of Siena: “Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.”
How powerful and meaningful of a statement this is. My friends, God has mapped out a specific plan for each of our lives. This plan is uniquely designed for you, which means that only you have the ability to fulfill this specific mission. Pray and ask our Lord for guidance to discover his will in your daily life. How beautiful and empowering it is when you unite to our Lord in this way.
3. Saint Francis de Sales: “You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working, and just so, you learn to love by loving.”
In other words, in order to master something, it takes lots of practice. Perhaps you have a specific goal in mind or inspiration in your heart. Don’t be afraid to strive after these dreams, even if you fail time and time again. Get back up, try again, and know that practice makes perfect. Our whole journey on this earth is marked by a series of failures, which help better ourselves and lead to the sanctification and purification of our bodies, minds, and souls.
4. Saint Francis of Assisi: “All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.”
Will you be that single candle? Will you bring light to our darkened world? Will you strive after goodness even when others around you won’t? Are you brave enough to make a difference through your life? Are you willing to fight the good fight? Are you courageous enough to follow Christ in a world that so quickly rejects his truth and teachings? If so, may God be with you and bless you always.
5. Saint Padre Pio: “Pray, hope, and don’t worry.”
It’s as simple and beautiful as that. You are loved. There is a God who is there for you at each moment of the day. Do not be afraid to talk with him, ask for guidance, and receive his strength. Our Lord is near to each of our hearts, so let us trust in his unfailing love, grace, and goodness.