I simultaneously love and hate those moments where God shows me my faults. Being humbled is not very fun, yet it is a beautiful thing because it creates change in us. At least, I hope it does for me! The past couple of weeks have been quite stressful with the last few days of summer winding down and the school year beginning, and I have not always been the most fun to be around. In fact, I always feel bad for my family during this time because I can definitely be a little short and spaced out because of all of the things on my mind. As much as I love teaching, the beginning of the year is always such a hard time for me because of the high expectations I put on myself – will my classroom be perfect? Are all of my lessons completely planned out? Is everything organized, cut out, laminated, and filed? Honestly, I can be quite unrealistic with myself!
A couple of years ago, my wonderful priest, Fr. Rickey Valleroy, suggested that the responsorial psalm sung during Sunday mass become a sort of “mantra” for the entire week; something we can repeat to keep our minds on God and a focus on the Mass continuing long after “Thanks be to God!”
We all have dignity – it was given to us by God when He created us in His own image. Such a beautiful statement , but a hard concept to teach to our children. Actually, a hard concept for all of us. Why is it so hard to value the dignity of others? We don’t listen when others are talking, just think about what we want to say next. We get frustrated when someone in front of us in line is taking too long because they are trying to find the exact change in their purse. We get irritated when people are offended by something we did and find it hard to apologize. Instead, we try to analyze the situation and figure out how we were forced to say or do what we did because of something that person did first. Oh, is it just me who does these things? That ugly sin of pride. This is the one sin that I find myself trying to remove from my life permanently. The way I am attempting to do this is by becoming better at apologizing.