I know now that the words spoken to Jesus when he was baptised are words spoken also to me and to all who are brothers and sisters of Jesus. My tendecies towards self-rejection and self-depreciation make it hard to hear these words truly and let them decend into the centre of my heart. But once I have received these words fully, I am set free from my compulsions to prove myself to the world and can live in it without belonging to it. Once I have accepted the truth that I am God's beloved child, unconditionally loved, I can be sent into the world to speak and to act as Jesus did.
The great spirtual task facing me is to so fully trus that I belong to God that I can be free in the world - free to speak even my words are not received; free to act even when my actions are criticised, riiculed, or considered useless; free also to receive love from people and to be grateful for all the signs of God's presence in the world. I am convinced that I will truly be able to love the world when I fully believe that I am loved far beyond its boundaries.
"St. Francis taught his companions to use the greeting: The Lord give you peace! When you proclaim peace by your words, he told them, you must carry an even greater peace in your hearts. Let no one be provoked to anger by you, or be scandalized, but let your gentleness encourage all men to peace, good will and mutual love. For our calling is to heal the wounded, to tend the maimed and to bring home those who have lost their way."