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God Loves Us as We Are
Murray Bodo, O.F.M.
Source: The Simple Way
Published: Sunday, October 20, 2013

Francis says, “Blessed are you, servant of God, if you do not consider yourself any better when you are honored and extolled by others than when you are considered low and simple and despised; for what you are before God, that is what you are, and no more.”

That no one can enhance or take away who we are before God is an undisputed fact for the believer, but to internalize that truth to the extent that the blame or praise of other human beings is unimportant compared to God’s blame or praise is a difficult truth to live.

We are influenced by others; we do measure ourselves against those we admire or do not admire. But if what others think inflates or deflates us to the extent that who we are depends on what they think of us, we are losing our true center, who is God, the one who loves us just as we are.

Ask yourself: Am I unduly influenced by the opinions of others?

—Adapted from The Simple Way: Meditations on the Words of Saint Francis, by Murray Bodo, O.F.M.

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