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October 24, 2019

Daily Reflection for Thursday, October 24, 2019

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,

Today is Bob Einterz’s final reflection. He is retiring soon from both his current Indiana University position 
and from our St. Monica reflections ministry. We thank Bob for his dedication and wish him well as he begins this new chapter of his life.

We encourage you to reflect on the scripture readings at this link:
http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/102419.cfm

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Romans 6:19-23
Responsorial: Psalm 1:1-2, 3, 4 and 6
Gospel: Luke 12:49-53

Our reflection on Thursday’s readings:
“Blessed the man who delights in the law of the Lord and meditates on his law day and night.” Psalm 1:1-2

Sporting a hairdo that resembled the top of a Corinthian column, a young man of 18 walked into my office and closed the door.

“You seem to have accomplished a lot in your life,” he said to me. “So I’d like some advice and some inspiration. My Mom was strung out on drugs, my Dad died a violent death, and my sibling is a drug addict. I want to prove to the world that I am better than that.”

He described his passion for photography and film, and explained that he aspired to reach the pinnacle of success in those fields.

I replied, “Through your art, you should strive to express the beauty and goodness of God. You might want to start by finding God within your own family.”

“Stop looking for external acclaim,” I advised. “Don’t try to change your Mom or your sibling, and don’t try to prove anything to anybody. Instead, strip away the trappings of your own ego and discover within yourself that which connects and resonates with your parents and your siblings.  There you will find the inspiration you are seeking.

Bob Einterz

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