How many hours of sleep do you get a night?
Two Hundred Years of Sleep
Five Hours of Sleep
Four or Five Hours of Sleep
Three Hours of Sleep
No Sleep for Twenty Days
For Those Who Doze
Finally, for those of us who struggle with sleep and may even doze off at inopportune times, we have the help of St. Thérèse of Lisieux. She freely admitted that she would fall asleep during the morning meditation. In response, she wrote, "But I reflect that little children awake or asleep are equally dear to their parents." Therefore, she felt confident that to her Heavenly Father she was still a dear child although she slept when she was supposed to be praying.
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Want to Learn More About the Habits of the Saints?
In A Bedside Book of Saints, Fr. Aloysius Roche shares the full humanity of the saints through precious ancedotes of their lives. Through the short quotes and recounting of stories, we see how God created each of His saints, and indeed each of us, as unique creatures with different dispositions, likes, and gifts.
Consider this nugget that is from the book and shows the humility and playfulness of St. John Vianney. For many years, there were a great number of people including fellow priests who wanted to see St. John removed as the parish priest of Ars because they considered him a hapless priest. A petition was started in order to request his removal. Accordingly, St. John signed the petition himself and remarked that with his signature added, the efforts for his removal must surely succeed. Nonetheless, despite his agreement with their sentiments that he was wholly inadequate as a priest, he remained the priest of Ars until he passed away.
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