I have come so that they may have life, and have it abundantly. (John 10:10)
Many times we measure the quality of a person’s life by virtue of his or her physical and mental health; however, for us Christians, there are four signs that tell us whether or not a person is living fully:
a) Peace and joy: Both must be practiced continuously, without depending on our moods, or when things are going well, or according to our will. When we are fully aware of the divine presence within us, that peace and joy do not depend on external circumstances.
b) Perseverance: That is, leading a life of grace and prayer, but in a sustained way, regardless of whether or not there is consolation, whether or not the presence of God is experienced in a sensible way, regardless of whether or not one has the impression that the Lord is not answering us.
c) Balance: There’s a balance between dreaming big for a better world, fighting for peace and justice, and being patient so we can gradually build that ideal and be merciful to others.
d) Overcome fears: Have confidence in God, even in moments of pain, failure, uncertainty, or illness, fully trusting that God always has the last word, and that He is the Lord and Owner of our history. As St. Paul said, “We know that all things work for good for those who love God.” (Romans 8:28)
If these four elements are present in our lives, we can truly say that Jesus has risen in our hearts and we will already be foreshadowing life in heaven.
Mother María Elena Martínez is a nun, born in Mexico City, where she still resides today. She has had a consecrated life for more than 30 years. She is currently a member of a community called María Madre del Amor which is dedicated to evangelization through Emmaus retreats in parishes and prisons and Sicar retreats for young people.