Indeed, God is love and it's in his image that we've been fashioned. He is eternally pouring himself out in love and, with his strength, we're called to do the same, to live his eternal life here and now - and so to discover the fulfillment of our deepest human longings. We're called to make of our lives a gift. Whether it be in the sacred bonds of marriage to spouse and children, in the sacrificial ministry of holy orders or religious life, in the passionate throes of an apostolate (a particular mission we've discerned God calling us to focus on), or in the day to day encounters with the people who cross our path; in the end, all authentic vocations point to the same human fulfillment, in whichever way the gift of self may be expressed.
Sometimes it's easy to hide behind service and never fully attain the image of God we're called to become. It's hard to be vulnerable, and inter-dependent; for fear of appearing weak, we don't want to admit our need for others. May we never forget that love eternally receives every bit as much as he eternally gives.
Paradoxically, the more perfectly we come to receive the love and mercy of others, the more perfectly our giving becomes. It requires the gift of self to receive someone's love, to allow oneself to be served by another, to be forgiven, or comforted, or challenged. Our willingness to receive the love of another is a vulnerable position, and is itself a gift. To receive love is to give love. It's a precious gift to allow someone else to give their gift of self. Indeed, we need one another's willingness to receive if we're to grow in our capacity to give. May we be humble enough to admit our need for the love and mercy of others, and may we help others (most especially through our own living example) to understand that this call to receive is just as essential to human happiness as the call to give.
1 - Share Yourself 2 - Know the Kerygma 3 - Pray. Especially When You Don't Have Time.
4 - Collaborate 5 - Invite. Invite. Invite. 6 - Be Cheerful 7 - Do the Task at Hand
8 - Don't Forget Recess 9 - It Begins with a Smile 10 - The Topic is Always Jesus
11 - The WIIFM Principle 12 - Recapture the Enchantment 13 - Learn to Use Youtube
14 - The Art of Accompaniment 15 - The Art of Listening
16 - Eat Food. It's Part of Evangelization 17 - Everything Leads to Liturgy
18 - Self-love Can Still Be Other-centered 19 - It Will Never Be Perfect, Don't Stress
20 - The "Student" is the Whole Family 21 - Catechesis is a MEANS of Evangelization 22 - The 5 Means of Evangelization 23 - The Christian Life is Service 24 - Doctrine is for Prayer. 25 - From Evangelization to Immanuelization 26 - Humility, Love, and 'Eucharistic' Anticipation 27 - People Change People 28 - Salvation History is Our Story 29 - Mutual Forgiveness 30 - Fraternal Correction 31 - Build-Up Families 32 - Affirmative Orthodoxy 33 - Emphasize the Mission 34 - Talk about Tithing 35 - Recognize Bondage 36 - Encourage Ignatian Discernment 37 - Be Patient. It's a Process. 38 - The Thresholds of Conversion 39 - What... or, better yet, Who is the Parish? 40 - There's no place like a Home 41 - The Etymology of Respect 42 - Connect People