Daily Reflection — Love of one’s Neighbor

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“He alone loves the Creator perfectly who manifests a pure love for his neighbor” (St. Bede the Venerable).


Who is our neighbor? Do we even know our neighbor?

In both urban and suburban living, it is clear that we know less about our neighbors than just a generation ago. Sociologists and others who study such things may have many theories and explanations, but here is a more personal and immediate question. Why do I not know the family living next door to me? Why have I not welcomed the folks who just moved in down the street?

Here’s the deal… each of us is loved by God. He loves me. He loves them. How can I not do the same?

One of the objectives of our time in the wilderness is to think less of ourselves and more of others. Before Lent ends and Easter arrives, let’s go “out of our way” to share a smile, a hello, a simple acknowledgment with those God has placed in our presence. Look for opportunities… make them if necessary.

Remember, you are dust, and to dust you will return. Repent and believe in the Gospel.


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Deacon Mike Bickerstaff Editor-In-Chief, ICL

Deacon Michael Bickerstaff is the Editor in chief and co-founder of the The Integrated Catholic Life.™ A Catholic Deacon of the Roman Rite for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Deacon Bickerstaff is assigned to St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church where he is the Director of Adult Education and Evangelization.

He is a co-founder of the successful annual Atlanta Catholic Business Conference; the Chaplain of the Atlanta Chapter of the Woodstock Theological Center’s Business Conference; and Chaplain of the St. Peter Chanel Faith at Work Business Association and co-founder and Chaplain of the Marriages Are Covenants Ministry, both of which serve as models for similar parish-based ministries.

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