Our two teens attended high school orientation this week. One is entering ninth grade and the other eleventh. We received this from our principal as a greeting for the new school year. It comes from a recent homily by Pope Francis. Whether you are Catholic, or not, these are inspirational words for both young and old. Hope you enjoy and share with those who you think might benefit from it.
This life will go by fast.
Don’t fight with people, don’t criticize your body so much, don’t complain so much.
Don’t lose sleep over your bills.
Look for the person who makes you happy.
If you make a mistake, let it go and keep seeking your happiness.
Never stop being a good parent. Don’t worry so much about buying luxuries and comforts for your home, and don’t kill yourself trying to leave an inheritance for your family. Those benefits should be earned by each person, so don’t dedicate yourself to accumulating money.
Enjoy, travel, enjoy your journeys, see new places, give yourself the pleasures you deserve. Allow dogs to get closer. Don’t put away the fine glassware. Utilize the dinnerware; don’t save your favorite perfume, use it to go out with yourself; wear out your favorite sport shoes; repeat your favorite clothes.
So what? That’s not bad. Why not now? Why not pray now instead of waiting until before you sleep. Why not call now? Why not forgive now? We wait so long for Christmas, for Friday, for Reunions, for another year, for when I have money; for love to come; when everything is perfect . . . look . . .
Everything perfect does not exist. Human beings can’t accomplish those because it simply was not intended to be completed here. Here is an opportunity to learn.
So take this challenge that is life and do it now . . . love more, forgive more, embrace more, love more intensely and leave the rest in God’s hands. Amen!