Forgive over and over and over? How do we understand this gospel call to discipleship, which seems so difficult? How is it even possible to live this way? The saints show us. One striking fact about St. Patrick is something simple yet powerful: He went back. After a boyhood of enslavement by the Celts, after escaping across the channel to safety and a secure life of study and ministry, he heard God’s call, and he returned—to serve the very people who had held him captive. He embodied Jesus’ call to forgiveness, and he challenges us to follow.

—Excerpted from 2020: A Book of Grace-Filled Days by Amy Welborn