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A Time for Expressing Unselfishness

Expressing UnselfishnessAs we embark on the holiday season, we find that now is a good time for expressing unselfishness. We find ourselves taking part in filling the local food bank, so that others, who are less fortunate than ourselves, may have enough to eat. Such a gesture opens our hearts to other possibilities, like volunteering at a homeless shelter, serving meals, or giving of our time to help someone in need. Perhaps you might drive someone to a doctor’s appointment or visit a relative in a nursing home. Whatever touches your heart to do, know that it is a call from God asking you to give of yourself to others.

Expressing Unselfishness

Expressing unselfishness is an easy thing to do. All Continue reading

Embrace Unselfishness During Lent

UnselfishnessBe honest with yourself: How often do you place your own needs and desires ahead of anyone else’s? If I am going to be honest with myself, I do it far more than I would like to admit. Why? Because it is human nature – self-preservation! Yet, that is no excuse for not embracing the virtue of unselfishness.

Unselfishness can be defined as:

  • the emptying of one’s own wishes and desires for the total fulfillment of God’s will
  • the betterment of the common good
  • love of one’s fellow man

How to Incorporate Unselfishness in Our Lives

  1. Think of others more, and of yourself less (embrace humility). For example, think of how you can be of service to others, rather than Continue reading

Unselfishly Give to Others: Easy or Hard?

Unselfishly Give to Others Do you find it easy or hard to unselfishly giving to others? If you are like me, you might find it hard to do, all the time. In our society, we are wired to “take care of number one,” especially in the world of business. We tend to transcend that thought process into our personal lives. How contrary this thought process is to how Christ would like for us to behave as Christians!

Christ’s message was clear. When He taught us to pray the Our Father, he taught us to say, “Thy will be done, on earth, as it is in Heaven.” Every time we say the Our Father, we surrender our will to God, by aligning our will with Continue reading

Why Be Selfless? Where Does It Get You?

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Why be selfless?

As Christians, we are called to imitate Christ to the best of our abilities. Christ was completely selfless, when He allowed Himself to be mocked, scourged and crucified – all for the love of humankind; obedient to the Father’s will to the end. Prior to His Passion and death, Jesus said, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (John 15:13).

Now, He is not necessarily calling us to lay down our lives for our friends literally. He is however, calling us to imitate Him in how He obeyed His Father. “He emptied himself” (Phil 2:7) to become human and did not regard Himself in equality with the Father (Phil Continue reading

Is Selfish Behavior Harming You?

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Is selfish behavior harming you? The answer is yes, of course. But, do you know why it harms you? Selfish behavior robs you of becoming your true self, the person that God wants you to be. When we listen only to ourselves and do only what we want, we close ourselves off to blessings and lessons of life. Father Romano Guardini explains it well in his book, Learning the Virtues That Lead You to God:

“As soon as the person fixes his eye upon himself, he fills the mental space, so to speak, in which a portion of life is to take place; he gets in the way of his own realization” (p. 154).

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