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A friend of mine once told me he admired me.

I was taken aback. “Why? Can’t you find better role models?”

“You’re care-free.” He said. “You really don’t care what people think of you. You don’t know how liberating that can be.”

I never thought of it that way, but he was right. I’m not really concerned what people think of me (at least, that’s what I tell myself). I want to be kind, generous, and patient with everyone I encounter. I don’t care how that appears to others—they may say I’m weak; they might say I’m naïve or gullible. What others think doesn’t matter.

But I do care how I appear to God. The most fundamental question I ask myself is if I am acting with mercy and compassion. If I am, I give thanks to God. If not, I ask God for forgiveness and guidance on how I should act.

—Bob Burnham, OFS, a Secular Franciscan and spiritual director, writes and edits for Loyola Press in Chicago.

 

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St. Ignatius’s First Principle and Foundation says “The goal of our life is to live with God forever. God, who loves us, gave us life. Our own response of love allows God's life to flow into us without limit.” One of the ways in which we respond to the love God has given us is through prayer, not only personal prayer but community prayer as well. The Pastoral Ministry Center invites members of our Strake Jesuit Community to share their prayers with us: their concerns, joys, thanksgivings, so that we may walk with them in all these times of their lives.





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A friend of mine once told me he admired me.

I was taken aback. “Why? Can’t you find better role models?”

“You’re care-free.” He said. “You really don’t care what people think of you. You don’t know how liberating that can be.”

I never thought of it that way, but he was right. I’m not really concerned what people think of me (at least, that’s what I tell myself). I want to be kind, generous, and patient with everyone I encounter. I don’t care how that appears to others—they may say I’m weak; they might say I’m naïve or gullible. What others think doesn’t matter.

But I do care how I appear to God. The most fundamental question I ask myself is if I am acting with mercy and compassion. If I am, I give thanks to God. If not, I ask God for forgiveness and guidance on how I should act.

—Bob Burnham, OFS, a Secular Franciscan and spiritual director, writes and edits for Loyola Press in Chicago.

 

Please share the Good Word with your friends!