The great cloud of witnesses, the saints, encourage us to move beyond what we THINK we can do, to that which we REALLY CAN do through Christ who strengthens us in all things. Acting upon this reality yields perseverance, a virtue absolutely necessary to live the abundant life in Jesus Christ.
Today we will meet a few great saints whose perseverance in the midst of challenge can inspire us to remain faithful through the struggles of our own lives. One dictionary defines perseverance as steady persistence in a course of action especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement.
As Catholics, our course of action is to make Christ present in the world and to attain eternal salvation; and nothing - not even the vicissitudes of life - ought to stop us. This is the stuff of which great saints are made.