Pick Your Parents Wisely!

John 1:12

But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God.

In the early 1980s, Cary Grant was in his 80s and was still healthy as a horse.  A reporter asked him the secret of his longevity and he replied: “First, you have to pick your parents wisely.”  Unfortunately, in our biological birth we don’t tend to have that option.  However, in our spiritual birth we really do have a say in who our parents will be.  To be sure, it is always God who initiates our relationship with him.  His grace is always prior to our decision and is, in fact, the only thing that makes our decision possible.  But we still really do have free will.  And so, in an amazing act of humility, God permits us to “receive” his gift of Trinitarian life or not.  If we do (and if we persist and abide in that life) we receive from him “power to become children of God.”  We receive not only God as our Father and Jesus as our brother, we receive Mary as our Mother and the saints as our brothers and sisters.  Today, receive him and receive all he cherishes.  It is all your birthright in Christ.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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