Thought of the Day October 9, 2019 Change

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Today's reflection is on the role of change in our lives. Leo Tolstoy said: “Everybody thinks of changing humanity and nobody thinks of changing himself.” Isn't this true for the most of us? God is calling us to be transformed into his vision of us. When each of us do this, then our world will be changed.

Thomas a’Kempis wrote: “Be not angry that you cannot make others as you wish them to be, since you cannot make yourself as you wish to be.” It is easy for us to see the faults of others which need changing from our point of view. It is not easy for us to admit our own need to change . In marriage, one spouse wants to change the other but fails to realize that if they accept the other and change themselves they may free the other to change.

John Henry Newman said: “To live is to change. To be perfect is to have changed often.” This is the spiritual journey, a journey of dying to self which involves changing certain behavior patterns. This brings about becoming perfected.

“Some people will change when they see the light. Others change only when they feel the heat.” How open are we to change or how resistant are we to change?  Change is an invitation or it can be burning prod. It is our choice.

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