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Wednesday Reflections: August 23, 2023

August 23, 2023

Dear Friends,

I’ve just returned from my annual retreat, and there is so much I would love to share with you! One of the recurring themes throughout the retreat this year was asking ourselves how we are to bring the presence of Christ to all we meet. How do we do that?

Let me use an example. Being a Rotarian, I know I should act in a certain manner. This specific manner of behavior is called the Four Way Test, and it goes like this:

It is called “the Four-Way Test of the things we think, say, or do”.

  1. Is it the truth?
  2. Is it fair to all concerned?
  3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

My actions are to be guided by these important questions. Any Rotarian can remind you of these questions at any time you ask, because we all memorize and live by them.

Another example on a philosophy to live your life by came across my desk in the form of a quote from the Buddha:

“Teach this triple truth to all: a generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things that will renew humanity.”

Great quote, but how do I live my life so as to bring the spirit of Christ to all those I meet?

One way can be found in something St. Ignatius of Loyola once said:

“Few souls understand what God would accomplish in them if they were to abandon themselves unreservedly to Him and if they were to allow His grace to mold them accordingly.”

When we are praying or at Mass, do we abandon ourselves to God so that He may make us ‘other Christs’? St. Ignatius goes on further to say “most people have no idea what God would make of them if they would only place themselves at His disposal”.

What does all of this mean? Simply put, we need to surrender our lives to God and become worthy of our Catholic calling. It is possible! If Rotarians and Buddhists can live a life worth of their calling, then so can we! It does take some reflective time, energy, and determination, but with God, all things are truly possible.

How will you live our your week?

Till next week,

Sister Theresita

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