Today all of Poland is celebrating a victory in the historic football match with Switzerland in the euro cup. The catholic world will show even more of Kuba Błaszczykowski, who openly admits his faith and after a goal symbolically points to the Heavens, which clearly favor him. We happily display him as an example and it is also tempting for me say to my students: “You want to be like Błaszczykowski? You better start attending daily Eucharist.” But we know that that’s more of an Old Testament vision of the world, that God is with us when we win the wars. For us, living the Gospel, this ratio is not so simple, because the cross became a victory. It’s obvious that Kuba does not owe his good playing only to prayer and calling God, but above all he owes it to very hard work. We can be grateful for his effort.
I, too, over the past few months, have been getting ready for my holiday mission. Right after school I set off on the road to my new reality. On July 7 we start our General Chapter, just outside Rome, and there I will have the honor of accompanying those, who were selected from the entire Society to decide on the most important issues and choose a new Mother General. And I will accompany them of course with my camera, making sure that the world can keep track of all the important events (more details coming soon). Of course, God’s help will be needed, so your prayers will be appreciated, but I will also need my skills, which I have developed in the recent years.
As we look at those who are successful in life, most of them do not appeal directly to God and will not attribute the success to His extraordinary intervention. The trick, however, it seems to me, is to recognize that our talents, skills and strength for their development also come from Him, because “what do you possess that you have not received?” (1 Cor 4,7)