“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” – 2 Timothy 2:15

Dearest Friends of Radio Maria,
Dear Friends of Radio Maria,

Greetings of love and peace!

Yesterday, I have heard a shocking news about a classmate of mine in the seminary who after celebrating his birthday had a massive heart attack. It was nerve shaking because he is relatively young and neophyte in the priestly ministry. Good thing he is now stable and yet being closely monitored as other medical tests are still being done.

Hearing the news I was brought to ask myself so many whys. But there were too many possible answers to them. Certainty of answer was just so elusive. However, one “why,” which really lingered in me was “why it happened that early with him?” The nagging answer, arising from my personal knowledge about him, was too much work. He has worked himself to death.

I have known him for over a decade now and I am very sure that when he works he puts everything of himself into it without any reservation. Besides he is in a print media ministry, which he likes the most. He is a man who goes for the remaining energy. He pushes himself to the limits for his ministry. He gives all his best.

Probably, this is also an invitation for us to re-examine once again our commitments in life. Do we go also for the last energy we have just to achieve our goals? How much of ourselves do we invest into our noble commitments that can bring life and inspiration to others? Have we pushed ourselves that much to our limits that we may have our best versions?

Why not translate these pressing questions with our relationship with God? How much of our energy do we give to be approved by God in our daily lives and respective vocations? Is investing ourselves into working for the glory of God an acceptable reality for us? Are our best of selves that we believe we have at the moment worthy of God’s majesty?

We can effortlessly say “yes” to these questions. But an old saying says, “it is easily said than done.” How committed will we be to the word of truth of our yes?

May Mary’s fiat inspire us all!


Fr. Raymund S. Cruz