Weekly Reflection from the CPLO and the Jesuit Institute for the week of the 27 November 2017
by Paulina French “It is better to live one day as a lion than one hundred years as a sheep” – African Proverb
Our insistence that each human being is an image of God should not make us overlook the fact that each creature has its own purpose. None is superfluous. The entire material universe speaks of God’s love, his boundless affection for us. Soil, water, mountains: everything is, as it were, a caress of God. The history of our friendship with God is always linked to particular places, which take on an intensely personal meaning; we all remember places, and revisiting those memories does us much good. Anyone who has grown up in the hills or used to sit by the spring to drink, or played outdoors in the neighbourhood square; going back to these places is a chance to recover something of their true selves. (Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, 84)
I ask for the grace to be true to myself so that I am able to be the best that I can be to those people I serve.
Help me to recognise that my fellow human beings have their own purpose, which may not be the same as mine, but which helps them to contribute in the best way they know how.