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Autumn Reflection

Well the autumn season has come upon us, not that it is easy to notice or to experience this year! With the continuing concerns of COVID, the acrimony across the political spectrum from left to right, the horror of the fires and the loss of life and property, and the everyday concerns of parishioners regarding finances, school for their children, and hope for the future, I came across this reflection attributed to Mother (now Saint) Teresa of Calcutta:

People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered:
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you.
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.

Let us pray for one another to stay focused on the way of the Lord and the faith of our Church.