February 28, 2015

Deuteronomy 26:16-19

This very day the Lord your God is commanding you to observe these statutes and ordinances; so observe them diligently with all your heart and with all your soul. Today you have obtained the Lord’s agreement: to be your God; and for you to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, his commandments, and his ordinances, and to obey him.

Today the Lord has obtained your agreement: to be his treasured people, as he promised you, and to keep his commandments; for him to set you high above all nations that he has made, in praise and in fame and in honor; and for you to be a people holy to the Lord your God, as he promised.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

The Root of Obedience

Compared to my younger brother, I was the rule follower in the family. I did not make waves, get in trouble, or disappoint my parents, or teachers. While I was a good kid, I realize my motivations were not always in the right place. My obedience was solely motivated by a fear of punishment or letting others down.

In today’s first reading, Moses conveys God’s desire for the Israelites – that they follow God’s statutes, decrees and commandments with all of their hearts and souls. Their motivations should be pure. It’s not sufficient to know the rules, they must to live them — understanding the spirit in which these rules were fashioned. They must allow God’s spirit to penetrate their being so deeply that their actions and God’s desires become one. This obedience should be rooted in a love for God, for others, and for self rather than fear.

During Lent, it can be especially easy to get caught up in the rules. Guidelines abound for who should fast, what one should fast from, or when one can or cannot eat meat. In this spiritual season, let us employ its rules and other offerings to gain a greater conversion of heart and soul. May we be mindful of God’s spirit infusing the season so our obedience is not rooted in fear or guilt but in love and mercy, leading us always towards our Creator.

What barriers to do you find keeping you from a full heart and soul obedience to God?

—Andy Rebollar serves as Pastoral Associate for Parish Life at St. Pius X Parish, Grandville, MI.

Prayer

God makes us ask ourselves questions most often when God intends to resolve them. God gives us needs that God alone can satisfy and awakens capacities that God means to fulfill.

—Thomas Merton

 


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Deuteronomy 26:16-19

This very day the Lord your God is commanding you to observe these statutes and ordinances; so observe them diligently with all your heart and with all your soul. Today you have obtained the Lord’s agreement: to be your God; and for you to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, his commandments, and his ordinances, and to obey him.

Today the Lord has obtained your agreement: to be his treasured people, as he promised you, and to keep his commandments; for him to set you high above all nations that he has made, in praise and in fame and in honor; and for you to be a people holy to the Lord your God, as he promised.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

 


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The Root of Obedience

Compared to my younger brother, I was the rule follower in the family. I did not make waves, get in trouble, or disappoint my parents, or teachers. While I was a good kid, I realize my motivations were not always in the right place. My obedience was solely motivated by a fear of punishment or letting others down.

In today’s first reading, Moses conveys God’s desire for the Israelites – that they follow God’s statutes, decrees and commandments with all of their hearts and souls. Their motivations should be pure. It’s not sufficient to know the rules, they must to live them — understanding the spirit in which these rules were fashioned. They must allow God’s spirit to penetrate their being so deeply that their actions and God’s desires become one. This obedience should be rooted in a love for God, for others, and for self rather than fear.

During Lent, it can be especially easy to get caught up in the rules. Guidelines abound for who should fast, what one should fast from, or when one can or cannot eat meat. In this spiritual season, let us employ its rules and other offerings to gain a greater conversion of heart and soul. May we be mindful of God’s spirit infusing the season so our obedience is not rooted in fear or guilt but in love and mercy, leading us always towards our Creator.

What barriers to do you find keeping you from a full heart and soul obedience to God?

—Andy Rebollar serves as Pastoral Associate for Parish Life at St. Pius X Parish, Grandville, MI.

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Prayer

God makes us ask ourselves questions most often when God intends to resolve them. God gives us needs that God alone can satisfy and awakens capacities that God means to fulfill.

—Thomas Merton

 


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February 27, 2015

Ezekiel 18: 21-28

But if the wicked turn away from all their sins that they have committed and keep all my statutes and do what is lawful and right, they shall surely live; they shall not die. None of the transgressions that they have committed shall be remembered against them; for the righteousness that they have done they shall live. Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, says the Lord God, and not rather that they should turn from their ways and live?

But when the righteous turn away from their righteousness and commit iniquity and do the same abominable things that the wicked do, shall they live? None of the righteous deeds that they have done shall be remembered; for the treachery of which they are guilty and the sin they have committed, they shall die. Yet you say, “The way of the Lord is unfair.” Hear now, O house of Israel: Is my way unfair? Is it not your ways that are unfair?

When the righteous turn away from their righteousness and commit iniquity, they shall die for it; for the iniquity that they have committed they shall die. Again, when the wicked turn away from the wickedness they have committed and do what is lawful and right, they shall save their life. Because they considered and turned away from all the transgressions that they had committed, they shall surely live; they shall not die.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

The Loving Path

“Turn! Turn,” bellowed Dad. When he quit steadying the bike, I focused on pedaling fast and holding tight… and crashed into the wall beyond the front tire.

Today’s readings speak of possible turns: away from evil; the path of virtue; leave your gift and go…clear advice, like Dad’s words. Sometimes the turn arrives too quickly, as it did for the rich young man or the girl on the bike. I must grow into a request before I give up riches or relax my death grip.

Most challenging for me are the day-to-day turnings.  I desire to share God’s love but I get mired in traps, like gossiping or backbiting. I choose extravagance over charity. Good intentions wilt.

My question becomes “What is the loving path?” If like Ignatius, I possess a strong desire to love and serve the Lord, what do I need to turn away from and turn toward?

—Maureen M. Martin is a writer, spiritual director and hospice chaplain, living in Evanston, IL.

Prayer

Refrain
Turn to me, O man and be saved,
Says the Lord for I am God;
There is no other, none beside me.

I call your name.
I am He that comforts you;
Who are you to be afraid of man who dies,
is made like the grass of the fields, soon to wither.

Listen to me, my people;
Give ear to me my nation:
a law will go forth from me,
and my justice for a light to the people.

Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
and look at the earth down below.
The heavens will vanish like smoke,
and the earth will wear out like a garment.

Composer: John Foley, SJ


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Prayer

Refrain
Turn to me, O man and be saved,
Says the Lord for I am God;
There is no other, none beside me.

I call your name.
I am He that comforts you;
Who are you to be afraid of man who dies,
is made like the grass of the fields, soon to wither.

Listen to me, my people;
Give ear to me my nation:
a law will go forth from me,
and my justice for a light to the people.

Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
and look at the earth down below.
The heavens will vanish like smoke,
and the earth will wear out like a garment.

Composer: John Foley, SJ


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Ezekiel 18: 21-28

But if the wicked turn away from all their sins that they have committed and keep all my statutes and do what is lawful and right, they shall surely live; they shall not die. None of the transgressions that they have committed shall be remembered against them; for the righteousness that they have done they shall live. Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, says the Lord God, and not rather that they should turn from their ways and live?

But when the righteous turn away from their righteousness and commit iniquity and do the same abominable things that the wicked do, shall they live? None of the righteous deeds that they have done shall be remembered; for the treachery of which they are guilty and the sin they have committed, they shall die. Yet you say, “The way of the Lord is unfair.” Hear now, O house of Israel: Is my way unfair? Is it not your ways that are unfair?

When the righteous turn away from their righteousness and commit iniquity, they shall die for it; for the iniquity that they have committed they shall die. Again, when the wicked turn away from the wickedness they have committed and do what is lawful and right, they shall save their life. Because they considered and turned away from all the transgressions that they had committed, they shall surely live; they shall not die.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

 


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The Loving Path

“Turn! Turn,” bellowed Dad. When he quit steadying the bike, I focused on pedaling fast and holding tight… and crashed into the wall beyond the front tire.

Today’s readings speak of possible turns: away from evil; the path of virtue; leave your gift and go…clear advice, like Dad’s words. Sometimes the turn arrives too quickly, as it did for the rich young man or the girl on the bike. I must grow into a request before I give up riches or relax my death grip.

Most challenging for me are the day-to-day turnings.  I desire to share God’s love but I get mired in traps, like gossiping or backbiting. I choose extravagance over charity. Good intentions wilt.

My question becomes “What is the loving path?” If like Ignatius, I possess a strong desire to love and serve the Lord, what do I need to turn away from and turn toward?

—Maureen M. Martin is a writer, spiritual director and hospice chaplain, living in Evanston, IL.

 


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February 26, 2015

Matthew 7: 7-12

Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone? Or if the child asks for a fish, will give a snake? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

Do Unto Others

We hear this gospel quote often but do we really live by it? First, we realize that humans make mistakes. These words often go out the window when we’re dealing with emotions such as anger, bitterness or hurt.

Treat others the way you want to be treated? When I hear this quote, I quickly think of perseverance. It takes perseverance to treat someone with kindness, even when they stand on your feet. It takes perseverance to give, even when you’re not given to. It takes perseverance to love, even when someone does not love you back. Think about the meaning of this quote in your life: Are there people you do not particularly care for? How can you persevere through those feelings to be respectful so as to not burn the bridge you may need to walk across one day?

I challenge you to persevere in kindness and love. We need others to challenge themselves, but the challenge begins with us.

—Asia Terry ‘15 from Saint Martin de Porres High School, Cleveland, OH.

Prayer

Here is The Golden Rule as it is written in eight religions:

Baha’i: Blessed are those who prefer others before themselves.

Buddhism: Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.
Christianity: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Islam: No one is a believer until you desire for another that which you desire for yourself.

Janism: In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, regard all creatures as you would your own self.

Judasim: What is hateful to you do not do to your neighbor. That is the entire Torah. The rest is commentary. Go and learn.
Sikhism: Be not estranged from one another for God dwells in every heart.
Zoroastrianism: Human nature is good only when it does not do unto another whatever is not good for its own self.

—from artwork of Sr. Mary Southard, CSJ, and Ministry of the Arts, LaGrange Park, IL.


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Do Unto Others

We hear this gospel quote often but do we really live by it? First, we realize that humans make mistakes. These words often go out the window when we’re dealing with emotions such as anger, bitterness or hurt.

Treat others the way you want to be treated? When I hear this quote, I quickly think of perseverance. It takes perseverance to treat someone with kindness, even when they stand on your feet. It takes perseverance to give, even when you’re not given to. It takes perseverance to love, even when someone does not love you back. Think about the meaning of this quote in your life: Are there people you do not particularly care for? How can you persevere through those feelings to be respectful so as to not burn the bridge you may need to walk across one day?

I challenge you to persevere in kindness and love. We need others to challenge themselves, but the challenge begins with us.

—Asia Terry ‘15 from Saint Martin de Porres High School, Cleveland, OH.

 


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February 28, 2015

Deuteronomy 26:16-19

This very day the Lord your God is commanding you to observe these statutes and ordinances; so observe them diligently with all your heart and with all your soul. Today you have obtained the Lord’s agreement: to be your God; and for you to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, his commandments, and his ordinances, and to obey him.

Today the Lord has obtained your agreement: to be his treasured people, as he promised you, and to keep his commandments; for him to set you high above all nations that he has made, in praise and in fame and in honor; and for you to be a people holy to the Lord your God, as he promised.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

The Root of Obedience

Compared to my younger brother, I was the rule follower in the family. I did not make waves, get in trouble, or disappoint my parents, or teachers. While I was a good kid, I realize my motivations were not always in the right place. My obedience was solely motivated by a fear of punishment or letting others down.

In today’s first reading, Moses conveys God’s desire for the Israelites – that they follow God’s statutes, decrees and commandments with all of their hearts and souls. Their motivations should be pure. It’s not sufficient to know the rules, they must to live them — understanding the spirit in which these rules were fashioned. They must allow God’s spirit to penetrate their being so deeply that their actions and God’s desires become one. This obedience should be rooted in a love for God, for others, and for self rather than fear.

During Lent, it can be especially easy to get caught up in the rules. Guidelines abound for who should fast, what one should fast from, or when one can or cannot eat meat. In this spiritual season, let us employ its rules and other offerings to gain a greater conversion of heart and soul. May we be mindful of God’s spirit infusing the season so our obedience is not rooted in fear or guilt but in love and mercy, leading us always towards our Creator.

What barriers to do you find keeping you from a full heart and soul obedience to God?

—Andy Rebollar serves as Pastoral Associate for Parish Life at St. Pius X Parish, Grandville, MI.

Prayer

God makes us ask ourselves questions most often when God intends to resolve them. God gives us needs that God alone can satisfy and awakens capacities that God means to fulfill.

—Thomas Merton

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Deuteronomy 26:16-19

This very day the Lord your God is commanding you to observe these statutes and ordinances; so observe them diligently with all your heart and with all your soul. Today you have obtained the Lord’s agreement: to be your God; and for you to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, his commandments, and his ordinances, and to obey him.

Today the Lord has obtained your agreement: to be his treasured people, as he promised you, and to keep his commandments; for him to set you high above all nations that he has made, in praise and in fame and in honor; and for you to be a people holy to the Lord your God, as he promised.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

The Root of Obedience

Compared to my younger brother, I was the rule follower in the family. I did not make waves, get in trouble, or disappoint my parents, or teachers. While I was a good kid, I realize my motivations were not always in the right place. My obedience was solely motivated by a fear of punishment or letting others down.

In today’s first reading, Moses conveys God’s desire for the Israelites – that they follow God’s statutes, decrees and commandments with all of their hearts and souls. Their motivations should be pure. It’s not sufficient to know the rules, they must to live them — understanding the spirit in which these rules were fashioned. They must allow God’s spirit to penetrate their being so deeply that their actions and God’s desires become one. This obedience should be rooted in a love for God, for others, and for self rather than fear.

During Lent, it can be especially easy to get caught up in the rules. Guidelines abound for who should fast, what one should fast from, or when one can or cannot eat meat. In this spiritual season, let us employ its rules and other offerings to gain a greater conversion of heart and soul. May we be mindful of God’s spirit infusing the season so our obedience is not rooted in fear or guilt but in love and mercy, leading us always towards our Creator.

What barriers to do you find keeping you from a full heart and soul obedience to God?

—Andy Rebollar serves as Pastoral Associate for Parish Life at St. Pius X Parish, Grandville, MI.

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Prayer

God makes us ask ourselves questions most often when God intends to resolve them. God gives us needs that God alone can satisfy and awakens capacities that God means to fulfill.

—Thomas Merton

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

February 27, 2015

Ezekiel 18: 21-28

But if the wicked turn away from all their sins that they have committed and keep all my statutes and do what is lawful and right, they shall surely live; they shall not die. None of the transgressions that they have committed shall be remembered against them; for the righteousness that they have done they shall live. Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, says the Lord God, and not rather that they should turn from their ways and live?

But when the righteous turn away from their righteousness and commit iniquity and do the same abominable things that the wicked do, shall they live? None of the righteous deeds that they have done shall be remembered; for the treachery of which they are guilty and the sin they have committed, they shall die. Yet you say, “The way of the Lord is unfair.” Hear now, O house of Israel: Is my way unfair? Is it not your ways that are unfair?

When the righteous turn away from their righteousness and commit iniquity, they shall die for it; for the iniquity that they have committed they shall die. Again, when the wicked turn away from the wickedness they have committed and do what is lawful and right, they shall save their life. Because they considered and turned away from all the transgressions that they had committed, they shall surely live; they shall not die.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

The Loving Path

“Turn! Turn,” bellowed Dad. When he quit steadying the bike, I focused on pedaling fast and holding tight… and crashed into the wall beyond the front tire.

Today’s readings speak of possible turns: away from evil; the path of virtue; leave your gift and go…clear advice, like Dad’s words. Sometimes the turn arrives too quickly, as it did for the rich young man or the girl on the bike. I must grow into a request before I give up riches or relax my death grip.

Most challenging for me are the day-to-day turnings.  I desire to share God’s love but I get mired in traps, like gossiping or backbiting. I choose extravagance over charity. Good intentions wilt.

My question becomes “What is the loving path?” If like Ignatius, I possess a strong desire to love and serve the Lord, what do I need to turn away from and turn toward?

—Maureen M. Martin is a writer, spiritual director and hospice chaplain, living in Evanston, IL.

Prayer

Refrain
Turn to me, O man and be saved,
Says the Lord for I am God;
There is no other, none beside me.

I call your name.
I am He that comforts you;
Who are you to be afraid of man who dies,
is made like the grass of the fields, soon to wither.

Listen to me, my people;
Give ear to me my nation:
a law will go forth from me,
and my justice for a light to the people.

Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
and look at the earth down below.
The heavens will vanish like smoke,
and the earth will wear out like a garment.

Composer: John Foley, SJ


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Prayer

Refrain
Turn to me, O man and be saved,
Says the Lord for I am God;
There is no other, none beside me.

I call your name.
I am He that comforts you;
Who are you to be afraid of man who dies,
is made like the grass of the fields, soon to wither.

Listen to me, my people;
Give ear to me my nation:
a law will go forth from me,
and my justice for a light to the people.

Lift up your eyes to the heavens,
and look at the earth down below.
The heavens will vanish like smoke,
and the earth will wear out like a garment.

Composer: John Foley, SJ


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Ezekiel 18: 21-28

But if the wicked turn away from all their sins that they have committed and keep all my statutes and do what is lawful and right, they shall surely live; they shall not die. None of the transgressions that they have committed shall be remembered against them; for the righteousness that they have done they shall live. Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, says the Lord God, and not rather that they should turn from their ways and live?

But when the righteous turn away from their righteousness and commit iniquity and do the same abominable things that the wicked do, shall they live? None of the righteous deeds that they have done shall be remembered; for the treachery of which they are guilty and the sin they have committed, they shall die. Yet you say, “The way of the Lord is unfair.” Hear now, O house of Israel: Is my way unfair? Is it not your ways that are unfair?

When the righteous turn away from their righteousness and commit iniquity, they shall die for it; for the iniquity that they have committed they shall die. Again, when the wicked turn away from the wickedness they have committed and do what is lawful and right, they shall save their life. Because they considered and turned away from all the transgressions that they had committed, they shall surely live; they shall not die.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

The Loving Path

“Turn! Turn,” bellowed Dad. When he quit steadying the bike, I focused on pedaling fast and holding tight… and crashed into the wall beyond the front tire.

Today’s readings speak of possible turns: away from evil; the path of virtue; leave your gift and go…clear advice, like Dad’s words. Sometimes the turn arrives too quickly, as it did for the rich young man or the girl on the bike. I must grow into a request before I give up riches or relax my death grip.

Most challenging for me are the day-to-day turnings.  I desire to share God’s love but I get mired in traps, like gossiping or backbiting. I choose extravagance over charity. Good intentions wilt.

My question becomes “What is the loving path?” If like Ignatius, I possess a strong desire to love and serve the Lord, what do I need to turn away from and turn toward?

—Maureen M. Martin is a writer, spiritual director and hospice chaplain, living in Evanston, IL.

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

February 26, 2015

Matthew 7: 7-12

Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone? Or if the child asks for a fish, will give a snake? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!

In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

Do Unto Others

We hear this gospel quote often but do we really live by it? First, we realize that humans make mistakes. These words often go out the window when we’re dealing with emotions such as anger, bitterness or hurt.

Treat others the way you want to be treated? When I hear this quote, I quickly think of perseverance. It takes perseverance to treat someone with kindness, even when they stand on your feet. It takes perseverance to give, even when you’re not given to. It takes perseverance to love, even when someone does not love you back. Think about the meaning of this quote in your life: Are there people you do not particularly care for? How can you persevere through those feelings to be respectful so as to not burn the bridge you may need to walk across one day?

I challenge you to persevere in kindness and love. We need others to challenge themselves, but the challenge begins with us.

—Asia Terry ‘15 from Saint Martin de Porres High School, Cleveland, OH.

Prayer

Here is The Golden Rule as it is written in eight religions:

Baha’i: Blessed are those who prefer others before themselves.

Buddhism: Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.
Christianity: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Islam: No one is a believer until you desire for another that which you desire for yourself.

Janism: In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, regard all creatures as you would your own self.

Judasim: What is hateful to you do not do to your neighbor. That is the entire Torah. The rest is commentary. Go and learn.
Sikhism: Be not estranged from one another for God dwells in every heart.
Zoroastrianism: Human nature is good only when it does not do unto another whatever is not good for its own self.

—from artwork of Sr. Mary Southard, CSJ, and Ministry of the Arts, LaGrange Park, IL.


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Do Unto Others

We hear this gospel quote often but do we really live by it? First, we realize that humans make mistakes. These words often go out the window when we’re dealing with emotions such as anger, bitterness or hurt.

Treat others the way you want to be treated? When I hear this quote, I quickly think of perseverance. It takes perseverance to treat someone with kindness, even when they stand on your feet. It takes perseverance to give, even when you’re not given to. It takes perseverance to love, even when someone does not love you back. Think about the meaning of this quote in your life: Are there people you do not particularly care for? How can you persevere through those feelings to be respectful so as to not burn the bridge you may need to walk across one day?

I challenge you to persevere in kindness and love. We need others to challenge themselves, but the challenge begins with us.

—Asia Terry ‘15 from Saint Martin de Porres High School, Cleveland, OH.

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!