One response came from a Sister of Providence who works extensively in prisons and death row. She is descended from stock of the Emerald Isle and the spirit of the Irish flows through her veins in typical fashion. I do find it strange that she sent a quote to me from an Italian Sister. I suppose as a Nun she is really into Catholicism. Could be. Anyway here’s the note:
"Be the person God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire". St. Catherine of Siena.
Catherine set the world on fire in her own right, being a woman of such influence that she forced the Pope to move from France back to Rome in the 13th Century.
To give you some idea of the uniqueness of today’s featured quote, look at it this way: An Irish Nun, member of a French Order, sends a note to a Baptist, praising an Italian Nun, a member of the Dominican Order. This is akin to an Independent Baptist praising Billy Graham or Benny Hinn.
The truth be known the quote is on target concerning our subject of learning to be who God made us to be.
You must be aware that the world, in any form, secular or religious, goes to outlandish extreme to liquefy you and pour you into into the particular groups mold of the way things, or people, ought to be.
Jesus Christ, The Son of God, refused to fit the mold of the established ideas men had during His bodily ministry. It’s a fact that the religious and political established attempted to force Him into their mold. That He was maligned, hated, and murdered, is engraved into the record of human depravity, and the overarching providence of God.
The Apostle Paul spent his entire ministry resisting the pressure to be molded into pseudo/Jewish/Christianity and stood tall against even the powerful Peter in order to be and do what Christ saved him to be and do. The bottom line is simple, Only The Lord with His Word can fit you for the work He wants from your vapor experience in this world.
The men and women that we revere have been and are the ones who have broken out of the mold of cultural acceptance.
By the way, based on the example and experience of Jesus, if you refuse to be “Molded,” you could end up being crucified. (Galatians 2:20). So don’t worry!
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