Hidden Greatness

Morning Prayer:
May 20, 2015

Henri Nouwen was a Catholic priest and author who shared his faith through his actions and his words.

One particular quote that he wrote about, Hidden Greatness, really reminded me a lot about what is means to be Marist. What we value as a Marist community.

Henri Nouwen writes,

“There is much emphasis in our society today on notoriety and fame. Our newspapers and television keep giving us the message: What counts is to be known, praised, adored, and admired.

Still, real greatness is often hidden, humble, simple, and unobtrusive. It is not easy to trust ourselves and our actions without public affirmation. We must have strong self-confidence combined with deep humility. Some of the greatest works of art and the most important works of peace were created by people who had no need for the limelight. They knew that what they were doing was their call, and they did it with great patience, perseverance, and love.”

Let us pray,

Dear Lord, help us to move humbly through this day. Help us to pause so that we may notice those around us. Help our actions be an answer to someone’s prayer. Help our voice be a voice of encouragement. Help our work be love made visable. Give us a greatful heart so that joy can be our gift to the world.

Mary, Seat of Wisdom, Pray for Us.

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