Monday, 21 May 2018 14:56

God’s not waiting for you to be perfect

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Have you ever thought of yourself as ‘holy’? Holiness is a tricky word for most of us. In my experience we don't tend to associate it with ourselves or even with the people we love. If we think of it at all, we think of holy people as being the saints, men and women before our time who don't live the sort of lives we live.

Helping us to expand our understanding of holiness is central to the pope's teaching in the new document “Rejoice and Be Glad”. For example, he writes of the people that we love who, even unknown to themselves, reveal the love of God in our lives. “These witnesses may include our own mothers, grandmothers or other loved ones (cf. 2 Tim 1:5). Their lives may not always have been perfect, yet even amid their faults and failings they kept moving forward and proved pleasing to the Lord." (Rejoice and Be Glad, no. 3)

Long story short: the fact that a person is not perfect does not mean that God is not at work in his or her life. Place your trust in God and keep moving forward.

 


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Never undervalue the significance of your life. This is the message we find in “Rejoice and Be Glad no. 8. So often we can feel powerless to effect change in our world, or even in our own lives or the lives of the people we love. Instead, we need to trust the fact that the small things we do matter, and believe that little acts of kindness and love make a difference.

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If you would like access to a simple resource to help you contemplate how God may be leading you in your life, contact us and ask for a complimentary copy of our new ‘Discovering Prayer’ resource. It will be sent free of charge. Just mention that you saw the offer on ‘Faith Journey’.

 

 

 


This article is part of Faith Journey, a newsletter from the National Centre for Evangelisation.

Shane Dwyer

Shane Dwyer is Director of the National Centre for Evangelisation, of which the Catholic Enquiry Centre is a part. He is a Catholic educator with experience in theological course provision, resource development, spiritual direction, faith and spirituality formation and ministry support.