Own Way 6 Oct 2019
Saint Bruno desired a solitaire life in prayer. He also was a great administrator. His calling was twofold. And his life was drawn back and forth between the monastery and administration. One thing is sure: his life bore fruits.
Rejoice and be Glad (Gaudete et Exsultate)
Each in his or her own way the Council says. We should not grow discouraged before examples of holiness that appear unattainable. There are some testimonies that may prove helpful and inspiring, but that we are not meant to copy, for that could even lead us astray from the one specific path that the Lord has in mind for us. The important thing is that each believer discern his or her own path, that they bring out the very best of themselves, the most personal gifts that God has placed in their hearts (cf. 1 Cor 12:7), rather than hopelessly trying to imitate something not meant for them. We are all called to be witnesses, but there are many actual ways of bearing witness. Indeed, when the great mystic, Saint John of the Cross, wrote his Spiritual Canticle, he preferred to avoid hard and fast rules for all. He explained that his verses were composed so that everyone could benefit from them
in his or her own way. For God's life is communicated "to some in one way and to others in another".
I am called to holiness as well. In a way different from others.
Each in his own way.