Uncle Eddy's E-mail -- April 16
(Marie-Bernard) Soubirous, Virgin
(entered heaven this day in 1879)
So you won another scholarship. You really are putting together an impressive résumé. I guess congratulations are in order, so, congratulations… I have to admit, however, that I am still a bit concerned. When you were growing up (you probably don´t remember this), you always needed a bit more attention than your siblings. Somehow, you feared that if you did not excel at all the games and other activities, no one would like you. Is it possible that a smidgeon of this unfortunate vanity is still at work in you? Please do take a look. Remember, God does not love you because you are so loveable, rather, you are so loveable because he loves you. It is not your talents (and, admittedly, they are many) that impress him; he is more interested in how you choose to use them – to win recognition for yourself, or to win souls for his Kingdom. Take today´s saint, for instance (your namesake, by the way – few people know that St Bernadette´s real name was Marie-Bernard). Our Lady appeared to her at Lourdes, remember the story? Three times the Queen of Heaven, the Mother of God appeared to this 14-year-old, uneducated, French peasant girl.
Count on my prayers,
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