God-and-others formula PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 September 2016 12:07

REFLECTION

BY FR. ROY CIMAGALA

This is the proper formula for our own development. To the extent that we are always thinking of God and of others, finding ways to love and serve them, we achieve our own fulfillment. That’s when we would be on our way to our human and Christian maturity and perfection.

To be persons for God and for others is written in our nature. The structure and features of our life, especially our intelligence and will, all demand that we actually need to get out of our own selves, otherwise we get short-circuited. This is what a person is. He is always mindful and thoughtful of God and of others.

We need to be mindful because we have to know what’s going around us.

We should never be aloof and indifferent. We have to be aware not only of things and events that are taking place, whether near or far, but also and most especially of persons, starting with the one right beside us.

We also need to be thoughtful. We should think ahead of how things are developing and of what we can do to help shape its evolution. Life is always a work in progress, and there are goals, the ultimate and the subordinate, to reach. We should not get stuck with the here and now.

Our joy, our fulfilment is in God, and because of God, it’s also in others, since loving God always passes through loving others. The gospel tells us that. “The greatest commandment is to love God with all your might... and the second greatest commandment is to love your neighbour as yourself.” (Mt 22,38-39)

We need to be prepared to do serious and constant battle against our tendency also to get self-centered and self-absorbed. This, of course, is a very likely possibility, easily and quickly verifiable around.

That’s because we actually contend with a great number of hostile or negative elements.

In fact, to the extent that we always think of God and of others, again finding ways of how to love and serve them, we manage to stay away from temptation and sin, as well as to deal with our weaknesses.

We need to do everything to be able to follow this God-and-others formula. This task is not going to be easy. But neither is it impossible. We just have to see to it that all the elements that go into the upbringing of children—parents, home,

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