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We Each Have Our Own Path

Mar 10, 2022
We Each Have Our Own Path

God loves us so much that, not only did he make us a creation unto ourselves, but in doing so, he gifted us with a particular way to return that love that is fit for no other person. In simply being our true selves, doing nothing more than becoming the unique person that God created us to be, we give glory to God and follow our own particular path of holiness. That’s it! We are not to imitate the lives of the saints or do what others define for us; our path to holiness is not made by scrupulously following the path of a holy person who has gone before us. What is asked of me may not be asked of you. What you are capable of may not be what I am capable of. Each and every one of us has been created differently, for God’s own glory, and we each have our own path to follow.

—from the book Let Go: Seven Stumbling Blocks to Christian Discipleship
by Casey Cole, OFM, page 15


Let Go by Casey Cole


Comments

Arlene B. Muller
Thu, 03/10/2022 - 06:37 AM
Arlene B. Muller
Very true. I agree that we each have a unique calling & a unique set of gifts, talents, abilities, strengths, weaknesses, inclinations & desires from the LORD & our own unique journey. PRAISE GOD that He never fashions ANY of His Creation with cookie cutters! At the same time, although we are NEVER called to be a replica of any particular saint, each one of us finds particular saints who appeal to us & inspire us that we find to be good role models & desire to emulate. Not to be a copy or a rigid follower by any means. But to discover some things & their lives & writing that has chords that resonate with us & help give some additional meaning to our lives. For my Mom it was definitely St. Therese of Lisieux & her example & inspiration provided illumination in her life as full time homemaker mother & caregiver for her emotionally needy & often demanding mother & for my Mom's own personal suffering. I was brought up learning about St. Therese of Lisieux & took her as my Confirmation saint 58 years ago. Later on I found inspiration in the lives & writing of Saints Francis & Clare of Assisi & discovered my calling as a Secular Franciscan. The call to live the Gospel in the workplace helped illuminate & provide much needed meaning to my years of working in the corporate world of music publishing. This does not refute what Friar Cole has written but just adds a different dimension.
Francis Perry
Thu, 03/10/2022 - 07:17 AM
Francis Perry
This is one of the most encouraging reflections reminding us we are unique. Pax et Bonum.
S. Pauline Blandina
Thu, 03/10/2022 - 09:38 PM
S. Pauline Blandina
I'm 83 and I still need to be reminded of every word you wrote. Thank you.

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