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March 6 | Surrender (Pt. 1)

Saint Colette Boylet

A.D. 1381–1447



Do you find yourself wrestling with every situation or doing battle with every person?

We all do to some degree. Life never comes to us on our terms, and things never seem to be exactly how we want them. People don’t always act the way we expect them to, and rarely fit our mental version for how they should be. 

When you find yourself wrestling with every situation or doing battle with every person, it’s time to explore why you are so insistent on imposing your will on every person and situation. When you do this, you’ll find the solution to stop this ceaseless struggle: surrender. More specifically, surrender to God. The virtue of surrender leads to tranquility. 

Saint Colette Boylet faced the stark choice of absolute surrender or personal struggle when she received a vision of Saint Francis of Assisi. She could either argue with this divine message, or give her complete surrender, not just of her own plans, but of her whole life to God's will.

In the vision, Saint Francis called Colette to reform the Poor Clares and bring them back to their original rigor and simplicity. This was no small task, and Colette had no idea how to go about it. If she had her way, Colette would have been content to stay a solitary nun. But she surrendered to this new call, and God showed her the way forward, one step at a time. 

Colette began by joining the Poor Clares and taking personal responsibility for strictly following the rule of the Order. Soon, others started following. Eventually, she was able to establish the Colettine Poor Clares, a reformed branch of the Franciscan Poor Clares.

Saint Collette Boylet could have decided to follow her own plan for her life. But she surrendered fully to God's plan instead and God worked through her to accomplish what she could never have accomplished on her own. He wants to do the same with each of us, if we will only surrender.

WHERE IN MY LIFE AM I RESISTING GOD? WHAT IS ONE STEP I CAN TAKE TODAY TOWARD SURRENDERING TO HIS PLAN FOR MY LIFE?

I surrender my life to you, God.


This reflection is brought to you from book title.


Patron Saint of: Women Seeking to Conceive, Expectant Mothers, and Sick Children

Feast Day: March 6

Feast Day Shared By: Saint Rose of Viterbo

Canonized: May 24, 1807

Canonized By: Pope Pius VII

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