I am terrified of heights. I get sweaty just looking at the Christmas lights. However, last year while on vacation, I saw these people jumping off a cliff into the ocean and it looked awesome. I decided that I needed to do it. Defiantly, I waded into the water, swam out to the rocks and treaded water…for about 30 minutes. It was the best exercise I ever did. I just couldn’t take the next step. I heard a voice behind me. "You wanna go mate – just follow me." I’m not sure if it was the Australian accent, my ego, or the fact that I probably couldn’t have it made back to shore because I was so tired, but I followed this complete stranger - rock after rock, step after step, until I was 40 feet up watching him plunge into the crystal clear water below. I’ve always regarded courage as an individual sport, something that is within. However, reading the Holy Father’s quote and thinking about my cliff dive, I realize the boldest courage has its source in trust. Only the deepest trust in our Lord could’ve enabled a mere teenage girl to answer "yes" with such unbelievable courage. Mary’s "yes" changed the world. Ours can too, if we have the courage to trust in the One who makes all things possible.

by Daniel Cellucci

December 05, 2016

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