“Proceed little by little, from good to better… And going forward so, you will drive off many dangers which otherwise might overcome you."
St Bernadine shared these words to draw a comparison between someone who takes on too much and burns out and someone who perceives their goal is to 'do a little good' and then to 'do a little more good'. He says the latter will be much more effective and resilient over the long term.
Service is not just an action of helping others, but an attitude, an approach to life. Jesus teaches us Servant Leadership, where we are called to live in a way that is empowering to others.
“Be always one of those who seek peace, peace with others, peace within your own soul, and peace with God. See to it that every thought of yours, your every act, your every deed, all be directed towards peace."
St Bernadine expressed the importance of treating one another as brothers and sisters of the one God. With service we reach our potential through purposeful living, as we bring out the best in others, too.
“The last degree of love is when He gave Himself to us to be our Food; because He gave Himself to be united with us in every way."
St Bernardine calls us to live in harmony and to remember Jesus who united us in every way.
“He who truly loves, and loves with his heart, sees the necessity to live in harmony with all"
St Bernardine calls us to be like Jesus. That each person has a God-given inherent dignity and worth. We are compelled to respect each other (and nature), ourselves and God in our deepest-held attitudes and daily approach to life and relationships.
© Brisbane Catholic Education, Catholic Identity (2021)