Consecrated to the Heart of the Redeemer under the patronage of the Theotokos and Fr. Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J.

13 October 2011

Omnia Rapiens Et Nihil Dans

This phrase, attributed to Erasmus, can be said (with no little cynicism) to describe many persons who come to the Church.  They want to get married.  They want a letter that allows them to be a godparent or Confirmation sponsor.  They want a discounted rate for their children's tuition.  They want, they want, they want.  "Taking everything and giving nothing!"

The suggestion to give time, talent, or treasure is not an imposition, is it--especially in light of what one may expect (nay, demand) to receive in return?  It's only fair!

This young priest is learning to lower his expectations…of others, and especially of himself; for how often and how deeply have I taken without giving, or given quarter-heartedly (not even half-heartedly)?

"What does the Lord require of you, O man?"  I pray that our priests, religious, and laity may be able to answer that question as Prophet Micah did--in actions as well as words.  May we be the change we wish to see.

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