“Be Content”

Dear Friends,

In the very first conference of a retreat I made last week, the director challenged us to consider a question the disciples put before Jesus. “Rabbi, where do you live?” (John 1:38) As the director unpacked the meaning of this question, it became obvious that the disciples were not looking for an address. Rather they were pondering something much deeper, namely, “Jesus, what lives in you that makes you so different? What makes you, You?” Perhaps this poem can provide a few thoughts.



Be Content

Fame or integrity: which is more important?

Money or happiness: which is more valuable?

Success or failure; which is more destructive?


If you look to others for fulfillment,

You will never truly be fulfilled,

If your happiness depends on money,

You will never be happy with yourself.


Be content with what you have.

Rejoice in the way things are.

When you realize there is nothing lacking,

The whole world belongs to you.

—Tao Te Ching 44


May living as a good steward bring you contentment.

Love and Prayers,

Sister Bernadine Janci, SND