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Because It's Your Story
Because It's Your Story

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The speech given by Bergoglio in a homily. Happy reading!_ * You may have flaws, be anxious and even be angry, but do not forget that your life is the greatest undertaking in the world. Only you can prevent it from failing. Many appreciate you, admire you and love you. Remember that being happy is not having a stormless sky, a road without accidents, a job without effort, relationships without disappointments. Being happy means finding strength in forgiveness, hope in battles, security in the phase of fear, love in discord. It's not just enjoying the smile, but also reflecting on sadness. It is not just celebrating successes, but learning from failures. It's not just feeling happy with the applause, but being happy in anonymity. Being happy is not a fate of destiny, but a result for those who can travel within themselves. Being happy is to stop feeling like a victim and become the author of one's destiny. It is crossing the deserts, but being able to find an oasis in the depths of the soul. It is to thank God every morning for the miracle of life. Being happy is not being afraid of your feelings and being able to talk about you. It is in the courage to hear a "no" and regain confidence in the criticisms, even when they are unjustified. It is kissing your children, pampering your parents, living poetic moments with friends, even when they hurt us. Being happy is letting the creature who lives in each of us live, free, joyful and simple. It is to have the maturity to be able to say: "I made mistakes". It is having the courage to say "I'm sorry". It is having the feeling of saying "I need you". It is having the ability to say "I love you". May your life become a garden of opportunities for happiness ... that in the spring may be a lover of joy and in winter a lover of wisdom. And when you make a mistake, start all over again. Because only then will you be in love with life. You will discover that being happy is not having a perfect life. But use tears to irrigate tolerance. Use your defeats to train patience. Use your mistakes with the serenity of the sculptor. Use pain to match pleasure. Use the obstacles to open the windows of intelligence. Never give up ... Above all never give up people who love you. Never give up on happiness, because life is an incredible spectacle. * _(Pope francesco).
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We heard from Judge Helen Shores Lee this morning. Other fascinating speakers and great information coming up later today.
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