Thought of the Day January 23, 2017

By 10:28 AM

"Often we want to be somewhere other than where we are, or even to be someone other than who we are. We tend to compare ourselves constantly with others and wonder why we are not as rich, as intelligent, as simple, as generous, or as saintly as they are. Such comparisons make us feel guilty, ashamed, or jealous. It is very important to realize that our vocation is hidden in where we are and who we are. We are unique human beings, each with a call to realize in life what nobody else can, and to realize it in the concrete context of the here and now. We will never find our vocations by trying to figure out whether we are better or worse than others. We are good enough to do what we are called to do. Be yourself!" (Henri Nouwen) Sounds simple, but for many people it is hard to do. Otherwise, how do we explain the world's compulsion to not accept the reality of our existence here and now but to strive for the more, thinking falsely that the more will make us better.  We fail to remember a saying of St. Francis of Assisi: "You are who you are in the eyes of God and nothing more." Yes, we have limitations and imperfections which we try to improve on. But we do this in order to reach our potential, not because we don't like ourselves, not to compare ourselves with others. Be fully who you are in Christ and forget what the world thinks of you. Choose to improve because of Christ and not in comparison with others.

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