Total Consecration 2014: Day 12

Reading – Matthew 5: 13-16

from Pope St. John Paul II – World Youth Day Message, 2001, Toronto

Reflection:
I’ve heard it said before that sin makes you boring. I guess that makes sense because of our fallen human nature and our tendency to sin. Sure, sin seems really shiny at first and feels good at first, but how easy it is for sin to entrap me into a consistent pattern? That’s boring.

No, I’m made for better. I have been set apart through my Baptism. I’m not called to a life that is boring, but rather the adventure of life that is striving towards communion with God. My life can be transformed through answering that call to holiness–to be the best version of myself. But if my life were filled with sin, I would fade away into boring-ness.

It’s funny how mainstream media covers things that are going wrong. And they constantly inform me of the same cycles of “This is the worst thing ever”.  No one ever talks about the good that people do, yet these are the most intriguing of stories.

I’m different. I’m Baptized. I’m called to a life in Christ, which is most certainly not boring. I have this growing tiredness of this same, bland world.

Jesus says

You are the salt of the earth… You are the light of the world… Let your light so shine before men, that they  may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

 I have to add flavor. I have to be different than what the world, the flesh, and the devil want me to do and be. I don’t want to settle for mediocrity.

Pope St. John Paul II addresses the youth for World Youth Day in Toronto

Dear young people, do not be content with anything less than the highest ideals! Dot not let yourselves be dispirited by those who are disillusioned with life, and have grown deaf to the deepest and most authentic desires of their heart. You are right to be disappointed with hollow entertainment and passing fads, and with aiming at too little in life. If you have an ardent desire for the Lord, you will steer clear of the mediocrity and conformism so widespread in our society.

I need to stay salty, my friends.

Response:
The past twelve days in preparation for the next phases of Total Consecration preparation have been filled with grace, though I’m still struggling with some things. I will ask our Blessed Mother to intercede for me in these areas and rededicate myself with renewed generosity towards others. To be a light for them. And to add a little flava.

Totus tuus,
– JD

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