WE have to be clear about this point, so indispensable in
our life since one way or another we always enter into some
commitments. Our commitments, whether they be with respect to marriage
or to some other vocational vows and lifelong promises, are no
oppressive burdens but rather earnest manifestations of one’s pure
They certainly have a weight to be borne, but they
actually are wings that would enable us fly high in our love for God
To be sure, we are enabled to fulfill them since in the
first place we have a spiritual nature that can transcend the
limitations and changes of our situations and circumstances in life.
And even before that, we are assured of God’s grace that
is always available in abundance, so that our potency to be faithful
in our commitments can be actualized. Toward this end, we have all the
means to be true to them—doctrine, prayer, sacraments, spirit of
sacrifice, testimonies and examples of many who have been faithful and
generous to their commitments all the way to their death.
We should not be afraid to enter into commitments. But we
should have the proper dispositions. We need to trust in God’s
providence, strengthen our faith, hope and charity, develop a sporting
spirit in life, avoiding worrying too much when we encounter certain
difficulties or suffer some setbacks in trying to live by our
If we are humble and simple, and react to these
difficulties and trials with faith, everything would just be fine.
Even the negative things that can come our way would be rich sources
of precious lessons and powerful magnets for God’s grace to come to
Simplicity and humility are very important virtues so that
we can get to see things very objectively and completely. Their
opposites distort things and, worse, in very convincing ways. These
virtues facilitate our seeing things the way God sees them. They
facilitate the workings of faith, hope and charity to take place.
It’s important also that we regularly renew our
commitments. Human as we are, we always tend to take things for
granted, to fall into complacency, and eventually to forget things.
Worse, we can start justifying our infidelities.
The renewals of our commitments should be accompanied with
a fresh desire to be more generous in fulfilling them. Commitments as
expressions of love need to grow and grow. They cannot be in a
standstill, for that would be the beginning of a retrogression and
We have to find ways for this greater generosity to our
commitment to take place. In this regard, we have to be creative and
versatile, always monitoring the new developments and the changing
circumstances so we can engage our spirit of commitment to them
That’s why we need to be flexible and sporty in our
attitude toward our commitment, something that can always be done due
to God’s grace and our spiritual nature. That flexibility will clearly
spur and indicate our growth in our love and commitment.
In other words, we should have a very positive, go-go
attitude towards all commitments we enter into. We should not get
stranded by the difficulties and possible setbacks. We should just
continue to move on.