It’s quiet. It’s early. My coffee is hot. The sky is still dark. The world is still asleep. The day is coming. In a few moments the day will arrive. It will roar down the tracks with the sun rising. The stillness of the dawn will be exchanged for the hustle and bustle of all creation. For the next twelve hours I will be exposed to the day’s demands. It is now that I make a choice. With my morning offering I will choose.


No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness. I choose love. Today I will love God and what God loves.


I will invite my God to be the God of circumstances. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical, the tool of a lazy thinker. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less that an opportunity to see God.


I will live forgiven. I will forgive so that I may live.


I will overlook the inconveniences of the world. Instead of cursing the one who takes my place, I’ll invite him to do so. Rather than complain that the wait is too long, I will thank God for a moment to pray. Instead of clenching my fist at new assignments, I will face them with joy and courage.

… to be continued next bulletin from Fr. Andrew, T.O.R.