- "I want to please the Lord,
- I want to please our Lady,
- I want that my day be eucharistic,
- I want to do penance for my sins,
- I want to provide for paradise."
On the contrary, the wrong intention leads to deflect the motives of our good actions. That is to do them:
because they are seen,
because I want to cut a good figure.
If my aim is only to please my body, to satisfy my vanity, to satisfy my love for comfort and laziness, in short, if instead of aiming to please God, I aim at something human, I do not have the right intention.
From Saint and Thought For Every Day,
by Blessed James Alberione
Suffering and Comfort
Sooner or later everyone is subjected to physical or moral sufferings. They could come from different causes. There are sufferings which perhaps we cannot even manifest to others. Some have personal sufferings; some suffer for others; and some suffer for both reasons. Let us offer the fourth sorrowful mystery of the rosary for those who suffer. May every Christian obtain a merciful heart, like the heart of Jesus.
What Strikes Me Most Today
What strikes me most today is the line, "If instead of aiming to please God, I aim at something human, I do not have the right intention." I like to think I aim only to please God, then I see the list of other aims we may have, and realize human aims play a larger role than I would like to admit to. I especially worry that some motivations are because they are seen by others or because I want to look good. It does help me to read Blessed Alberione pointing it out for us --> not only to be aware of the motivations behind my actions, and striving for "right intentions," (as these form the straightest line between God and me), but also as a way of letting me know that I must not be the only one struggling with human motivations outweighing Godly motivations. This Lent I'm going to try to find opportunities to perform Christian acts without others knowing I did it, to avoid the temptation to make myself look good to others, but to do it for Christ alone (although I may have just blown that one already by announcing I'm doing it, trying to look good to people reading this blog!) Boy do I have a long way to go!
What strikes you most today?
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