Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. — Marianne Williamson, A Return To Love, 190
During our Ignatian Way day in Bossey, yesterday, this reading was given to us, as a companion to the famous passage in Matthew’s Gospel on the salt of the earth and the light of the world (5:13-16), which goes this way:
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
Our small group shared some good thoughts on this theme. Several of us had made sure, at one point of their life or another, especially when we were younger, not to shine, not to be the best we could. Not to be all that Godde made us to be.
My own time of prayer brought me a great peace in which I saw how good it is to give glory to Godde by being the salt of the earth or the light of the word (however little salt or a small light it may be). By stepping up to the plate, as some of my American friends would say.
The list of who I am in the eyes of Godde is slowly growing. Apart from being a ‘loved sinner’, a temple of Godde, a beloved daughter, or one of Godde’s many faces on earth, I can now add ‘giving glory to Godde’ by answering her invitation to grow in love and wisdom. And so can each one of us. How glorious this all is!
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