Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI
Reflection for Aug. 28, 2022

Reflection for Aug. 28, 2022

Feeling preoccupied?

Freedom  in God is the key

by Renae Bauer

I expected to see something else.

While preparing this week’s reflection I searched the dictionary for the definition of "humble" and "humility" since they appear five times in Sunday's readings. I expected the dictionary to use words like “embarrassment” or “having a low opinion of one’s self.” Instead, I read: “Freedom from pride or arrogance.” This is the focus of Sunday’s readings. God wants us to be humble -- free of preoccupation with ourselves so that we can be preoccupied with God and service to others.

My challenge for the days ahead is to evaluate my humility. Am I thinking about God or myself? Am I helping others or judging them? Am I growing in faith and love or am I stuck in jealousy, anger and greed?


William C. Mitchell
08/26/2022 7:25 am

Yes, I believe with all that is happening around us, it is very EASY to be pre-occupied with life's ever changing pitches being thrown towards us. And yes, I'm guilty of it...but I always manage to take a moment (even just a moment) to bow my head and Thank God for giving me this day; this moment in time, this very minute to have some quiet time so my heart can listen to him! Sometimes we all have to swim upstream...but I know I have to work on becoming closer to a Father In Heaven (and not be so much into...what about me and what I have to do) that created me because HE loves me, and you and the world so much! ?

Monica Sawyn
08/26/2022 9:07 am

I could have read more about this. Humility, to me, is the right ordering of things, and I need so much to improve!

Diann Wimmer
08/27/2022 3:00 pm

Humility is such a popular word with all that is Franciscan. Humility seems to be based upon the TRUTH that gives it a beautiful way of life. I thank God for all who give us an example of this Franciscan virtue.

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