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He Must Increase!

"He Must Increase, I Must Decrease" ~St. John the Baptist

Happy Feast Day!!!

As the days begin to shorten we are gently reminded about John's mantra.  Our desires, our prominence, our wills must decrease just as the daylight does each day.  Making room for the Lord to become more visible in the world.

What a hard concept to embrace and live by!  To reduce my will, my need for attention, my desire to be successful and loved - it's almost too much to even think about doing.  ALMOST!  There are so many times when I want to just have it my way...like this week for work.  We are hosting Totus Tuus, a summer catechetical program for our youth from pre-school through 12th grade.  I'm in charge of the 1st-12th grade students and have prepared an appropriate amount - with supplies, room reservations, priestly help, snack acquiring, volunteer helpers, etc...  BUT after I returned from my week away, I find many things to be askew.  For instance, some of the rooms I reserved are in fact NOT available for my use.  Some of the volunteers I asked to help (and who accepted) were confused when they were asked to help with the really little ones and are not helping me now.

Although, there are a few great surprises!  We have 80 children registered for the 1st through 6th grade program (our cap is 90).  We will also do more than 'break-even' with our fees!  Praise the Lord!  I was hoping we could do it, but you never know - when other people are giving away free registrations right and left!

I am pleasantly surprised what the Lord can do (not necessary with my help, but in spite of my selfishness).   So, once again may his will and his glory increase!

Now off to the massive undertaking of the week!  14 hour days for the next 5!  May the Lord's glory be increased abundantly!  (and my sleeping hours be multiplied as well!)

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