How to Live a Life of Courage

“You will lack nothing if God is with you. Be a woman of great courage…” -St. Maria De Mattias, foundress of the Adorers

Courage often seems like a daunting virtue. Many of our stories about courage make us think we have to become a great, strong hero to be courageous when in reality, courage in our everyday life is the momentum that helps us grow.

The most courageous thing you can do is take the next right step, whatever that is. Sometimes that’s telling the truth when you’d rather not. Sometimes it’s admitting you were wrong.

Five questions to ask yourself before making any decision

I’m the kind of person who struggles to decide between green tea or chai tea while in line at the coffee shop. I’m the kind of person who is late to their next appointment because I spent 45 minutes staring at all the face wash options at Target without having any idea how to choose.

I know I can’t be the only one struggling to decide on things. Small things, big things, all the things.

So when it comes to choosing a career or whether or not to follow a call to religious life, I’m totally lost.

I finally know what I want to be when I grow up.

The career question is an important one. But I’ve discovered a question that’s more important: what kind of person do I want to be?

Not answering that fundamental question is like not planting a seed and still expecting something to grow. So, what kind of person do you want to be?

What kind of person do you want to be?

Here’s an exercise to try:

  1. Take a sheet of paper and draw a line down the middle.
  2. At the top of each column, write a name of someone whose life you truly admire (so you should have two names total).

What does courage look like?

Courage looks different for everyone because fear affects everyone differently. Most sisters have as part of their vocation story a turning point where they overcame the consistent fear of their calling and asked for help or asking a sister questions about what it would like to begin the process.