Our duty to God connects us to our duty to our fellowman

“Great love can change small things into great ones,
and it is only love which lends value to our actions.”

St. Faustina Kowalska


(Getty image)

Our duty.

Duty is a word that we either take seriously or take begrudgingly—we either
feel a sense of responsibility or a sense of dread.

The definition: a task or action that someone is required to perform.

So, like it or not, the truth of the matter is that we were created for duty.
A duty first to our Creator then secondly to our fellow man…

If we would each take this sense of duty seriously…
things in this nation of ours just might look very differently…
as in ‘different’ in a very positive way…

“And it is only by the observance of the first and greatest commandment
that we can keep the second.
The more we love God, the more we shall love man; the less we love God,
the less we shall, in the true sense of the word, love man.
Our love will become capricious, fitful, and unreliable—not charity,
but passion.
If you feel that your love for your fellowman is dying out in the fumes of selfishness,
there is but one way to revive it: strive for, pray for, the love of God.
As the heart turns toward its source, it will be quickened and expanded.
There is no true, no lasting spirit of charity apart from the practice of religion.
Therefore, we cannot keep those commandments which teach us our duty to men unless
we are keeping those which teach us our duty to God.”

Fr. Basil W. Maturin, p. 160
An Excerpt From
Christian Self-Mastery

4 comments on “Our duty to God connects us to our duty to our fellowman

  1. Our duty to God connects us to our duty to our fellowman. Greatly true.

    On Thursday, February 18, 2021, cookiecrumbstoliveby wrote:

    > Julie (aka Cookie) posted: “”Great love can change small things into great > ones, and it is only love which lends value to our actions.” St. Faustina > Kowalska (Getty image) Our duty. Duty is a word that we either take > seriously or take begrudgingly—we either feel a ” >

  2. Tricia says:

    Duty seems like such an old fashioned word these days, doesn’t it Julie?

    Such an important word though that we all really should pray on and contemplate how best to fulfill the unique ones God has assigned us.

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