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August 10, 2021

St. Lawrence

Jn 12: 24-26 Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor. New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

What do I need to let die today?

In today’s Gospel we read that a grain of wheat needs to fall into the earth and die or it remains just a single grain of wheat. Similarly, parts of us may need to die in order to bear much fruit. Maybe it is the part of us that always needs to be right or the part of us that always notices other people’s faults that needs to die today. Or maybe it is our anxieties and insecurities that keep us stuck, the ones we do not like but are afraid to let die. Perhaps by letting some of these grains inside us die, new fruits in ourselves and others will blossom today.  What are some negative attitudes or opinions that I carry that need to die today? What is one concrete step I can take to make this happen? —Br. Pat Douglas, SJ, is the Provincial Assistant for Vocations for the Midwest Province and lives at the Creighton Prep Jesuit community in Omaha, Nebraska.     

Prayer

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

—The Serenity Prayer


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August 10, 2021

St. Lawrence

Jn 12: 24-26 Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor. New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

What do I need to let die today?

In today’s Gospel we read that a grain of wheat needs to fall into the earth and die or it remains just a single grain of wheat. Similarly, parts of us may need to die in order to bear much fruit. Maybe it is the part of us that always needs to be right or the part of us that always notices other people’s faults that needs to die today. Or maybe it is our anxieties and insecurities that keep us stuck, the ones we do not like but are afraid to let die. Perhaps by letting some of these grains inside us die, new fruits in ourselves and others will blossom today.  What are some negative attitudes or opinions that I carry that need to die today? What is one concrete step I can take to make this happen? —Br. Pat Douglas, SJ, is the Provincial Assistant for Vocations for the Midwest Province and lives at the Creighton Prep Jesuit community in Omaha, Nebraska.     

Prayer

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

—The Serenity Prayer


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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