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By Jude-Mary Owoh, O.P.

“Work for your salvation in fear and trembling. It is God, for his own loving purpose, who puts both the will and the action into you.” – Philippians 2:12,13

“Young people are easily distracted!” This is what the older folks claim. What could possibly be the reason for this conclusion? Could it be the fact that young people have overly stimulated minds and tall dreams built on the images they see on social and masss media? Could it the craze for ease and comfort which most people crave, forgetting the amount of sacrificial work that goes into it? Could it be the lack of mentorship by which young people find a helpful way to channel youthful energy in creative ways? Maybe it is all these. But it is also possible that the gaping need to cooperate with God’s grace is very important. The willingness to put in work and see something through to the end is what makes you a human person who lives and acts in the image and likeness of God. If we probably learn self-control, not to indulge every sentiment or preconceived idea but are willing to allow ourselves be guided by those who are more experienced, we will make progress in our journey of life. Since our social and spiritual life interpenetrate each other, development in one aspect affects the other positively. So ask yourself, where am I going, what do I want to be, what are the things I need for my journey and how shall I acquire them? When we constantly look out for opportunities to grow and develop ourselves, we will become better versions of ourselves.


 Lord, help me to willingly take up my daily crosses and follow you. Give me the humility to work on myself and work for peace.


Philippians 2:12-18; Psalm 27:1,4,13-14; Luke 14:25-33



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