Well, here we go again! As we stand on the threshold of this new decade, let's do it with purpose. What do you want to develop this year, that you can take with you into the next 10 years? What do you (finally) want to leave behind?
Let's pause for just a moment and think about that. We discovered that actually, we often aren't really sure where we want to be purposeful in our lives, or what we really want to let go of. Sure, of course, we know our lives aren't perfect and there is a ton of room for improvement. But being very specific and intentional in identifying and then naming these areas proved more challenging than we thought. If you, too, are having difficulty naming those areas that need change, ask the Holy Spirit to come to your aid.
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And You shall renew the face of the earth.
O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.
You must not set yourself up as a judge. That is God's right alone. Your only mission is to be an angel of peace.
There is no joy like that known by the truly poor in spirit.
poor in spirit = rich in humility. But what is humility? Doesn't that mean being pushed around, over looked and taken for granted? Not according to St. Therese, or another great saint - St. Vincent de Paul. St. Vincent says that Humility means 2 things: being teachable and approachable.
It is recognizing the truth of our situation, and being open and willing to learn, change and grow; to move beyond being passive, passive aggressive, or depressed and dejected. We dwell in those houses because pride keeps us locked inside. Humility, and its sister, gratitude, are the antidote, the keys that unlock the door and open the windows. St. Vincent de Paul called humility the "foundation of the virtuous life." It impossible to build without this strong foundation.
The good God says to me 'Give always without concerning yourself with results.'
These are comforting words, indeed! They remind us that our efforts should not be judged simply by immediate, measureable results. St. Therese's own life bore witness to this. It is remarkable to think of the difference her life has made, especially since her life was very short and mostly hidden in a convent. We should not be disturbed if we see no effects from our efforts, as long as we know we have truly done all we could - if we have 'given of ourselves.'
I would like to preach the Gospel on all 5 continents ... until the conummation of the world!
Jesus does not look so much at the greatness of our actions, or even at their difficulty, as at the love with which we do them.
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