To attempt to be other than what we are suited to be leaves the world a bit bereft and ourselves stranded in the desert of the self…
To reject our own talents in order to be measured by the seductions of a world leaves us unknown, even to ourselves. To be more bent on money than on fulfillment, on self-promotion rather than service, on acclaim rather than on interior depth, is a sin against creation.
We have all been given everything it takes to become the best of what we are. Life is a matter of discovering what that is and then, like birds in flight, refuse to be enticed off the mark by empty promises, by shallow goals.
This excerpt from the book Two Dogs and a Parrot by Joan Chittister is reprinted by permission of BlueBridge/United Tribes Media Inc. Today we remember Irenaeus, Bishop of Lyons, who died around 202.