Paradoxical Commandments

From the Desk of Father David

Dear Friends in Christ,

              All through life, it is easy to find excuses for why we didn’t do what God asks of us.  This Thursday we celebrate the Solemnity of St. Joseph.  He followed God’s direction without complaining or trying to figure out the outcome.  St. Joseph sets the example, responding with a definite yes to God and having total confidence that God will make all things work out for the better.   St. Teresa of Calcutta had the same confidence in and commitment to Jesus.

The original version was called the Paradoxical Commandments by Dr. Kent M. Keith.  The following version was found written on the wall in Mother Teresa’s home for children in Calcutta.

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere people may deceive  you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.
Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God.

It was never between you and them anyway.

May Jesus enable us to do His life giving will with confidence and love.  St. Joseph and Blessed Virgin Mary come to our aid.

In Christ’s love,

Fr. David

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