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From Chapter 1 of Saint Josemaría Escrivá’s book The Way: Character

#3

Maturity. Stop making faces and acting up like a child! Your bearing ought to reflect the peace and order in your soul.

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How many times a day do you see this face? How many times each day is this your face?

road rage

Yeah, guilty as charged. And when I’m honest with myself I really look like a cartoon and not a mature man in his 40s. After an eruption like this I slump like an ashamed grade schooler caught chewing gum or throwing spitwads.

angry face

Where is the peace? Where is the order?

In the intercessory prayers of today’s morning prayers is this:

Show us your goodness, present in every creature,
–that we may contemplate your glory everywhere.

In yesterday’s post we were charged with watching our behavior and conversation in order that those around us can say we read the life of Christ. This requires a seeming paradox: to be childlike in our faith but also possess a maturity necessary for self-control. Too often instead the child inside is reflected in pouts and shouts when things do not go our way (or how we feel we deserve for them to have gone).

Show us your goodness Lord, present in every creature.

We are such creatures. Indeed we are those created in His image. Remember this the next time you are tempted to lose your temper and lash out at someone for some perceived grievance. You never know when you are being watched. You never know when someone who is desperately in need of seeing goodness will happen to be observing you.

Show them His goodness. It’s present in you.

Blessed are your eyes, for they see God’s works. And your ears, for they hear his word. (Morning Prayer for July 7)

See? All better.

big smile

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