Diocese of Rockville Centre

All of the Saints were as human, and therefore fallible, as any of us. St. Gianna Beretta Molla was no exception; a biography of her notes: "Her readily admitted shortcomings were her stubbornness - she always did what she wanted when she should have submitted; and as to charity, she continued to work hard at avoiding judgment of her neighbor." (www.saintgianna.org)

Knowing that the Saints were not perfect people should encourage all of us in our own faith walk - because certainly we all have our own personality defects. It should also give us a desire to forgive others and overlook their faults. As St. Paul implores the Ephesians: "I...beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." (Eph. 4:1-3) Notice that he emphasizesliving a life "worthy of the calling to which you have been called": a life worthy of Jesus Christ. That should be our first consideration in regard to others - that we relate to them in the love of Christ.

If we are honest with ourselves we know that we are all difficult to get along with sometimes - we may be trying to overcome a short temper or a tendency towards gloominess, etc. If we can forgive ourselves, why can't we forgive our neighbor? It seems sad that even within the Church we often have difficulty working together when we should,like St. Gianna, struggle to avoid judgment of our sisters and brothers. Let us make "every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." Amen!

St. Gianna Beretta Molla, pray for us!< 

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