‘Martha had a sister called Mary, who sat down at the Lord’s feet and listened to him speaking.’ – Lk 10:39
If I have the opportunity to write a letter to my younger self, stating some valuable tips about life, it would sound something like this:
Dear Younger Me,
I want to say first of all that you have no reason to be afraid of the future. Your future is very bright. It will be brighter still if you heed the following instructions:
  • Take your relationship with God very seriously. It will see you through the turbulence you shall encounter. Incorporate daily Masses, reading of scriptures and the rosary to your prayer routine, focusing on the theme “God’s love for me” and you will be fine.
  • Listen attentively to your parents. Your dad will teach you to be a responsible man. Your mom will teach you what to look out for in ladies. Together they will teach you love and sacrifice.
  • Never let anything weigh you down. Personal misfortunes are meant to keep you focused. The loss of loved once is meant to teach you that life is fragile and yours is no exception.
  • Find role models, people who inspire you. But don’t be so rigid with them because they are humans too and they sometimes make mistakes. At the right time you will be your own man and others will take after your example.
  • You have a love for books. Invest in them. Buy and read every book you can lay your hands on. Read up on National history (you won’t do much of that in school). No knowledge is a waste. Often they will point you back to God who is the source of all knowledge and inspiration.
  • Make it a point of duty to spend at least 30 minutes each day in silence. It will help you recognise God’s voice and it will also help you think.
  • Make friends of both genders, choose them carefully. If you do, they will bring you closer to God.
  • Trends of all sorts come and go so stick to style; it never grows old. The underlying principle of your taste in clothes, hobbies and the like should be modesty.
  • Be respectful, speak well of others behind their backs, flee from idle talk, stick to an exercise routine, always keep busy, if not take a nap.
  • Like Jonah, Mary (the sister of Lazarus) and other figures in the Scriptures, you will make mistakes occasionally but don’t let them define you.
Prayer
Lord, preserve us in your grace. Teach us to sit and listen at the feet of your Word and Sacrament; come and make your home in our hearts.
Today's Readings
Jonah 3:1-10; Ps 13o:1-4,7-8; Lk 10:38-42