Self-Sacrifice

Lack of support does not mitigate

the example of the Cross

To follow the Way one must strive

to enhance the Spirit. Indeed, deprive

the ego and in prayer thrive

Unselfishness is rarely pleasant

Without murmur or complaint be present

with personal consideration absent

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”[1]

Selflessness sets us free.

In generosity, do not be outdone

in being kind and gentle. One cannot outrun

the need and the want must be undone

Altruism attends to the other

nurtures as a goodhearted mother

but is careful not to smother

Serve the marginalized and abandoned

“in hard and difficult places –

where there is seemingly no hope.”[2]

The example of the Cross

is one of care and selflessness


[1] Matthew 5: 3

[2] Father Judge Meditations p102

Published by carlfmaulbeck

In the movie "Harvey", Elwood P Dowd, played by Jimmy Stewart, explains coping with the world this way: "Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, 'In this world, Elwood, you must be' - she always called me Elwood - 'In this world, Elwood, you must be oh so smart or oh so pleasant.' Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me." Well, for years I was smart, oh so very smart, I too recommend pleasant - Trust the harmony

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