Greatness emerges when, above all else, people are confident. When we believe—together—that life is good, God is good and humanity is good, we become very safe and salutary people for others. What we seem to suffer from today is a lack of confidence, which would become a calm self confidence. St. Therese of Lisieux wisely said that her entire spirituality was about “confidence and gratitude”!
We can all do exciting and imaginative things when we are confident that we are a part of a story line that is going somewhere and is connected to something good. Without this, it is very hard to be either confident or grateful.
- Richard Rohr, Hope Against Darkness