A thought for the day
Friday, the 22nd week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, - Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am and 8:30pm when school is in session
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Frédéric Ozanam
Readings for today’s Mass
Was Paul saying we shouldn’t be aware of our own faults and failings? No. It is important to be aware of how not only our actions, but also our thoughts, affect how we live our daily life. This includes what we think of ourselves. There is a delicate balance between self-awareness and being overly self-critical.
I tend to be what is called a “perfectionist.” I like things to be a certain way, I don’t like to disappoint people and I dislike confrontation and conflict. I was recently lamenting to a friend how disappointed I was in myself and over analyzing an interaction I had experienced with someone else. I felt I could have handled things better and was hung up on this past situation and my failings really letting it get to me. My friend said, “Well, I’ve got news for you, you’re not perfect! And that’s ok!” How true it is that we can be our own worst enemies, scrutinizing our own thoughts and actions to the point of being scrupulous and getting down on ourselves for every mistake?
Saint Francis de Sales wrote: Have patience with all things - but first with yourself. Never confuse your mistakes with your value as a human being. You are a perfectly valuable, creative, worthwhile person simply because you exist. No amount of triumphs or tribulations can ever change that.
God created us as imperfect beings with free will. We can strive to live a life of holiness, but the truth is, we will falter and fall. Let us remember that God loves us anyway. Let us pick ourselves up, make amends if necessary, and learn from our mistakes, striving to do better the next time. Through these stumbles from the path of holiness is where we can choose to grow.