A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. Christopher Reeve
Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one. Eleanor Roosevelt
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. Oscar Wilde
This is all fine and dandy, but there is more. We are not simply called, as we sometimes hear, to "speak our truth". We are called to speak the truth, Jesus Christ. St. Paul, in this Sunday's second reading (2 Corinthians 4:3-6), tells us this: and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus' sake
We are, of course, each unique individuals who want to be ourselves, unhindered in a complex world, given room to grow and make mistakes and uncover our gifts. But, we are most ourselves in Jesus Christ, in God. Ask anyone in a 12-step program about the happiness and freedom they experience in turning their will and their lives over to their Higher Power. We belong to an-Other, in Whom we find the fullness of happiness and freedom, in Whom we find a safe space, in Whom we no longer need to pretend that we have the courage and strength to conquer the world, in Whom we find our Creator, the source of an endless love that enables us to be entirely given to one another in love. St. Catherine of Sienna (+1380) tells us: "Be who you were created to be, and you will set the world on fire." There is one condition, however: surrender. As Mother Teresa (+1997) so wisely exhorts us: "Give yourself fully to God. He will use you to accomplish great things on the condition that you believe much more in His love than in your weakness".
Believing with you,
pastor and co-sojourner