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So often we may think of ourselves as just one of the billions of people on the earth, and because of the numbers, we just don't matter too much. Think again! Jesus died for each of us so that we might merit everlasting happiness in heaven. Each person, therefore, has inestimable worth because we are loved and redeemed by the Lord Jesus.
Again, because of the numbers in our population, we may think of ourselves as inconsequential or of little influence. Think again! Each person has the capacity to influence events, thinking, and direction (even in a small way), if the effort is put forth. Think of some slight contributions you may have made in somebody's life, and you can see the potential of multiplication.
Each of us has the capacity and ability to influence events around us if we have the desire and energy to do so. Rather than let ‘undesirables' lead the way, why don't people of stature, integrity, and proven quality step in and help set the standards and way of life? It can be done by just one person, but it can more easily be done by a multitude of persons exercising influence. No matter how small the result, at least that particular endeavor will be better because of the effort.
A resident walking along a beach after a storm sees a young girl picking up starfish and tossing them into the sea. He asks her why she is doing that. She replies that if she does not do this, then the starfish will die. "There must be thousands of starfish," says the man looking around. "Throwing back a few dozen won't make any difference." The girl shrugs, picks up another, and says: "It makes a difference to this one."
Father Vincent T. Kelly
PRAYER OF THE WEEK
Prayer for the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
O God, who willed that your Only Begotten Son should undergo the Cross to save the human race, grant, we pray, that we, who have known his mystery on earth, may merit the grace of his redemption in heaven. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.