Pondering the paradoxes of life…while praying with St. Francis

There are lots of paradoxes in Scripture, and Lent is a good time to ponder them…

Die to live

Give to receive

Give your life away to find it

The weak shall be strong and the humble will be exalted

I find it a constant challenge to give my life away, to stop looking out for only myself and to serve others with all my energy and strength.  How do I keep believing that if I do this it will somehow turn out for the good?

Each day there is the choice of the easy road or the hard road. The hard road is the right choice we say, but comfort, consumerism and individualism die hard. … I work mostly with pastors.  I’ll tell you, it is no exception with them either.

Nothing encapsulates the paradoxes in life for me like the prayer of St. Francis …

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, forgiveness; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in forgiving that we are forgiven; and it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.

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