Monday, August 10, 2020

Gratiam abundare facere (2 Cor. 9:8)


Egoism is very dangerous for a soul. Even if we know it, we often focus on ourselves. Today in the morning I was surprised how many times I started a new sentence with the word “I”. And once more I was ashamed.

Why do we choose to talk about ourselves? Is it easier? We do not ask the other person about his or her life but we just want to share something about our life.

Do you have a similar experience? Maybe not. It means you are not an egoistic person. Be careful if you are an introvert because probably introverts become egoists more easily.

The Word of God is clear. We need to give with a cheerful heart. We are to give ourselves to others. Our vocation is to share love with brothers and sisters.

Obviously, we do a lot of good things for others. But are we capable of forgetting ourselves while helping them? Only if we know how to open our hearts, God can bless us so we always have all we need in every possible circumstance.

O Lord, help us to offer ourselves with a generous heart. We would like to forget about ourselves and also our own needs and desires. As you, Jesus Christ, we are eager to hear the cry of our brothers and sisters. Please, make us focus on the needy. Only you can cleanse our souls from egoism. You can heal us and change our attitude towards other people.

Being an altruist is the best option and the easiest way to become happy. For that reason, we long for the gift of the Holy Spirit to live in our hearts. Because there are many egoists in the world, we want to follow your example and to love others as you did until the end of our life.

By Fr. Jozef Trzebuniak, SVD.

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