Only the humble believe [God] and rejoice that [he] is so free and so marvelous that he does wonders where people despair, that he takes what is little and lowly and makes it marvelous. And that is the wonder of all wonders, that God loves the lowly.Bonhoeffer is calling himself “marvelous” and “loved.” But it’s not himself he’s in awe of, it’s the merciful power of Jesus that raises up the lowly, especially in the most dire circumstances. Holy bragging We can be good at beating ourselves up if we fall short of what we think we should be. So why not “holy brag” to a prayer partner when we succeed in listening to God? Why not share it with a friend when we notice an old wound is being healed or a new virtuous habit is forming? It’s a way to proclaim the joy, as Mary did with Elizabeth, in how God is working in our lives to make us, yes, saints. Brag away, I say, as long as we put the credit in the right place — and as long as our joy comes from putting God’s loving will above our own preferences, and doing it with a grateful heart. Then we can rejoice with Mary: “the Almighty has done great things for me and holy is His name.”
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Rose Folsom helps Catholics build a consistent and focused prayer life that gives them more clarity and peace. Her own prayer life started at zero as an adult convert, so wherever you are, she’s been there! Rose has helped over 6000 Catholics get closer to God with her talks, retreats, and writing. Register now for her free webinar, “3 Virtues Every Professional Needs,” at VirtueConnection.com.