Do you want to make a difference in the world? Are you hoping your work or mission will have lasting effects on society?
Chances are if you’re serious about your faith, or even just a good person, you answered yes to both of those questions. And if that’s the case, St. Robert Bellarmine says that change within the culture begins within you. Pope Benedict XVI highlights:
“If you are wise, then understand that you were created for the glory of God and for your eternal salvation,” said the pope, quoting from one of the saint’s works. “Favourable or adverse circumstances, wealth and poverty, health and sickness, honour and offence, life and death, the wise must neither seek these things, nor seek to avoid them per se. They are good and desirable only if they contribute to the glory of God and to your eternal happiness, they are bad and to be avoided if they hinder this”.
These directives may sound foreign or far-fetched, but they’re not out of fashion, the pope says.
[They] should be meditated upon at length in order to guide our journey on this earth. They remind us that the goal of our life is the Lord. … They remind us of the importance of trusting in God, of living a life faithful to the Gospel, and of accepting all the circumstances and all actions of our lives, illuminating them with faith and prayer.”
All easier said than done in this noisy and busy world we live in. But change in our society begins with conversions in ourselves. If we’re not practicing what we’re preaching, our preaching will be ineffective.
So seek good. Hold close to faith and prayer. And look for areas where change is needed, starting within yourself.