I give thanks to the Giver of Grace, from whom we believe, every good and perfect gift proceeds (James 1:17) (second letter of St Clare to Agnes of Prague)
Part of the Franciscan genius is apprehending that God is the source of all good – something you’ve seen me write about previously. As creatures of a loving God – all that we have is gift. Thus I ought to be grateful for what I have been given and grateful to the giver – God. This is also a corrective to our society’s narcissistic tendencies – where it is all about ‘me’. The most appropriate response to God’s generosity is to discover and develop our giftedness. Also, imitating our creator and giving our gifts away freely. In so doing, we will build community.
A Christian community is about co-operation not competition. As a member of the body of Christ, we each have something to offer. Our task is to guide young people to value themselves since God doesn’t make junk and discover and embrace their giftedness. Then, give thanks to the giver by their life.
Have a great week!