Limitations

Father Geiermann defines man’s limitations as “those circumstances of his earthly pilgrimage which confine his efforts within the plan of God.” We are subject to limitations regarding our life, our talents, opportunities for serving God, and grace.

Life is our activity on earth. It comes from God, and will end when God wills. It is the first loan we receive from God, and of which we shall have to render a strict account on the day of judgment. . . . Blessed shall we be if our lives are such that it may be said to us as St. Paul said to the Colossians, ‘Your life is hid with Christ in God’ (Col 3:3).”

“Our talents are our powers of action. They are divine endowments to fit us for the position in God’s plan for which He has destined us. If we correspond He will conduct us to it by the dispositions of His Providence and the voice of our superiors. It is our sacred duty to qualify for our calling, and to fill it to the best of our ability. Let us therefore bear in mind that the Master condemned the servant who neglected his talent as well as the one who misused it, and that ‘unto whomsoever much is given, of him much shall be required’ (Luke 12:48).”

“The opportunity of serving God is given us every moment in the spiritual life. If we profit by it in the present, it will bear fruit in eternity. If we permit it to pass by it will be lost forever.”

Grace is offered us in superabundance to attain that perfection to which God has destined us. Every grace we use earns an increase. Every grace we neglect or abuse will not only testify against us, but will be taken from us and given to another.”

Quotations from Peter Geiermann, The Narrow Way (New York: Benziger, 1914).

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