Thought of the Day:

Man's True Glory


Listen

My Child, let worldly men seek their success and glory from one another. I want you to seek your glory from Me alone. All human glory, all worldly honor, all earthly splendor-these are empty and bare when compared with the heavenly glory, honor, and splendor which I have prepared for My loyal followers.

True greatness is not in the man who is satisfied with himself. It is only in those with whom I am satisfied. My standards for judging people are not like the standards of this world. I shall not estimate your merits by your knowledge, nor by your position among men, nor by your having visions and consolations. I shall estimate your worth by your humility and by your charity. I shall look to see whether you think too much of yourself, or whether you prefer My Will. I shall consider whether you seek My honor and glory in your daily activities, or whether you seek your own advantage and honor.

Your highest perfection and glory lie in loving My truth above all else, in forgetting self to the point of being humbled and despised for My sake. Do not consider your strength, nor even your lack of strength. Fix your attention on My boundless power, wisdom, and love.

If you love My truth, you will praise My name, not yours. You will esteem and honor My Will, not your puny human accomplishments. You will bless Me in all things, and you will refuse to let the praises of people turn your head. You will never forget your littleness and your nothingness.


Think

If I lack peace and contentment in my earthly life, it is because I have been following a false standard. I judge many things from my own advantage and disadvantage, from my own likes and dislikes. The only proof of goodness is God's approval. When God wants something done, I should consider it a privilege to do it, even though I may dislike what is to be done, or can see in it no advantage for myself. All other standards which disagree with this one, are false and foolish.


Pray

O Holy Ghost, my God and Sanctifier, Source of all true wisdom, grant me the light to understand this holy standard in my daily life. Let me think straight and see Your holy Will in all things. What people say, is right only if it agrees with Your holy Word. Only God is great, and man's true glory lies in sharing Your greatness by following Your holy Will in his daily life. By doing this, I will be reflecting Your eternal wisdom, goodness, and holiness in myself. This is the highest glory possible to any creature. I hope for the grace to begin this day to live according to this highest standard-the one and only standard of true greatness and glory. Amen.


See you tomorrow with another thought!

Encyclical Letter "Laudato si'" of the Holy Father Francis on Care for Our Common Home, 2015/06/18!
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