June 22

Reflection

We need to to rejoice in our remarkable diversity and to recognize and value the gifts each of us has. Our gifts enrich all humanity and enable us to make our unique contribution to the whole. God’s prolific creativity revealed through us is unlimited. So should be our respect for and delight in it. If we can accept and channel this creative love we will be able to offer our giftedness to all people.

Prayer

God of creative love enable me to recognize my own gifts and limitations as well as those of others.  Empower me to use my gifts to bring your love to the world.

Action

Today I will try to recognize in myself at least one gift I have to offer.

Suggested Reading

Israel loved Joseph more than his other sons for he was the son of his old age, and he had a coat with long sleeves made for him. But his brothers, seeing how his father loved him, came to hate him so much that they could not say a civil word to him.
Genesis 37:3 – 4 

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.
Marie Curie

Love looks through a telescope; envy, through a microscope.
Josh Billings 

Envy comes from people’s ignorance of, or lack of belief in, their own gifts.
Jean Vanier

We are all gifted. That is our inheritance.
Ethel Waters 

The sure mark of one born with noble qualities is being born without envy.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld

The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself.
Anais Nin

Everyone has the obligation to ponder well his own specific traits of character. He must also regulate them adequately and not wonder whether someone else’s traits might suit him better. The more definitely his own a man’s character is, the better it fits him.
Cicero

 

 

 

 

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