It doesn’t really matter what others think

A few days ago we celebrated the feast day of St. John Berchmans.

The man was brilliant.   He was a sixteenth century Jesuit scholastic and had many connections with the Pontifical Gregorian University.

He has some good wisdom for us today. 

“Our true worth does not consist in what human beings think of us. What we really are consists in what God knows us to be.”

Though he had a happy reputation as a brilliant man, he did not allow that to inflate his ego. In fact, he knew it didn’t really matter at all what others thought of him–good or ill. 

What matters, he taught, is what God knows us to be.

As a side note, St. John Berchmans is patron of altar servers.