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Tuesday, July 5, 2005
Can we make a difference?

July 5, 2005
Tuesday in the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Optional Memorial of St. Anthony Zaccaria, priest

"When a poor person dies of hunger, it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her. It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed" (Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta)

Many of us feel that we don't make a difference in the world, but that is not true. Everyone one of us can perform simple actions to help the lowly like contributing to Catholic Charities at Christmas time, recycling to improve the environment, and yes...praying. Praying is the number one way that we can make a difference.

St. Paul said "I can do all these things in him who strengtheneth me" (Philipians 4:13), and we can do nothing great without first acknowledging God as the Supreme Good.

Today's Gospel:
A demoniac who could not speak was brought to Jesus,and when the demon was driven out the mute man spoke.The crowds were amazed and said, "Nothing like this
has ever been seen in Israel. "But the Pharisees said, "He drives out demons by the prince of demons." Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom,and curing every disease and illness. At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest."

The last part is used frequently in society to refer to the great shortage of priests and religious, which is true, but it can also show the lack of Christ-like love in action today. As Cardinal Bernardin stated in The Gift of Peace, when Christ opened his arms to embrace a young child and when he opened his arms on the Cross they were the same. Christ came to heal all the sick and suffering; no one needing a savior was a distraction along His way. Can't we also love God and make a difference through those little things?

How have you improved the world today or yesterday or last week? It can be the very little to large, but keep this in mind: "We can do no great things, only small things with great love" (Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta).


del_button July 7, 2005 at 8:26 AM
billathts said...


gotta tell ya. your commentary on this frought with Personalism.

I think that St. Therese of Lisieux was who Mounier and Maritain had in mind (as well as St. Thomas) when (Mounier) wrote the Personalist Manifesto, and Maritain expounded those principals in the Person and the Common Good.

You may enjoy unpacking those books (available online at the Catholic Worker Bookstore or Amazon).

You got ME thinking. Thanks!!


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