Saint Catherine of Siena said that, "if you are what you should be, you will set the world on fire."
Today's Gospel is about just that, being what you should be.
In Jesus' parable about the talents we quickly realize that everyone is given gifts or talents, to use for God's purposes. They are, however, on loan, at least to begin with. I love that the passage says, "[he] entrusted his possessions to them." It's a good reminder that, as Rush Limbaugh says, our talents are, "on loan from God." These talents belong to God. Yet he gives them to each of us, "according to his ability (v.15)." God doesn't give us talents that we are incapable of using.
So, why do we hold back? Why do we not use God's gifts as we should? Why do we not sing in the choir when everyone says we have an awesome voice? Why do we not use our outgoing personality to bring cheer to the sick and elderly in hospitals and nursing homes? Why do we not hone our writing or speaking gifts to enable us to lead others to Christ? Why do we not use our love for literature to simply help another to learn to read?
The questions could go on and on. The Gospel gives us the deep underlying answer at the root of all of our excuses, "out of fear I went off and buried your talent in the ground." (emphasis mine) It is too often out of fear that we hide
We have nothing to fear. I'll state it again, we have nothing to fear. God has given us
So, then, are you going to let fear rule your life or are you going to trust God? He trusts you. He trusts you enough to give you the wonderful talents He wants you to use and, as a bonus, He'll help you use them! It's a pretty good deal. Fear not, use your talents for His glory and our blessing!
FROM THE SAINTS - "Don't lose your effectiveness; instead, trample on your selfishness. You think your life is for yourself? Your life is for God, for the good of all men, through your love for our Lord. Your buried talent, dig it up again! Make it yield." - Saint Josemaria Escriva Friends of God, 47
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How to get better at prayer.
- Set a prayer appointment - Set a time on your calendar each day to meet and speak with God.
- Slowly increase your prayer time. - Don't jump in with an hour right from the get-go. Build up your "tolerance" so to speak.
- Commit - to praying and slowly increasing your prayer time for 30 days. Mark off the days on your calendar. If you miss a day, jump right back in, don't give up.
- Pray - praying is talking to God, it's spending time with your attention focused on Him. I enjoy spending time with my children regardless of their level of development. God is the same way. Spend time praying as best you can. Use formal prayers if you want or simply speak in conversation. Don't forget to listen
- Journal - Our newly revised 4 Simple Steps to Better Scripture Meditations: Guide, Workbook, and Journal walks you through 4 easy steps that will help you go deeper in your prayer life. It includes 31 days of workbook and journal pages too!
- Read other good books about how to pray better - Prayer Primer, Deep Conversion, Deep Prayer, Time for God, The Spiritual Life: A Comprehensive Guide to Catholics Seeking Salvation.