Obedience September 24
Our response to the call of God, as made real in our fellowship, is embodied in a personal commitment to integrate our initiative into the rhythm of life and responsibility of the entire community (Const. 14.2).
Each member of the community is a center of potential for the realization or hindering of the community’s aspirations. So everyone must know himself in community projects. The confrere gives himself, offering his strengths and minimizing the effects of his limitations. Self-knowledge recognizes physical, intellectual, emotional, moral, interpersonal and spiritual abilities. This is a task to be done continually, given the development of personality through formation and life-experience. Hearing the compliments and criticisms of others increases self-awareness. The Sacrament of Reconciliation as well as spiritual and psychological counseling are helpful for deeper self-knowledge. Keeping a journal and making a daily examination of conscience are effective practices for self-reflection. And certainly, being present before God regularly in humble and transparent prayer can only increase self-awareness. Community life is well served when the Crosier brings to it his real person and not an illusory self.
When the hyena becomes blind, it dies. (Mossi)