“We have been entrusted with a great responsibility, and God’s people rightly expect accountability from us. But the true worth of our [work as people of faith] is measured by the value it has in God’s eyes.” (From Pope Francis’ homily at Vespers, St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York.)

We have all been entrusted with much and desire to serve those in need, differently and better. I love the work I do; helping people work through barriers and provide for those they care about. And I know that creating time to relax is also important. Last week, I did just that with some friends. We all needed it and intentionally unplugged for a few days. No computers, cell phones, television. (You know the list.) Just us, surrounded by and immersed in the beauty of creation. Raw amazement and deep gratitude.

Pope Francis, in the same homily, spoke of a spirit of gratitude. It is a grateful heart, he said, that inspires us to serve God and “find expression in a life of commitment to our work.”

When did you last pause to value God’s creation with amazement and gratitude? How was it expressed in relationships that you have been entrusted with?

Tanya Williams, OP

St. Louis Park, MN


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