Yesterday one of my favourite priests in the whole world (check out his awesome blog here!) gave a homily about the importance of being magnanimous. It’s a big word for a big thing.
Magnanimous comes from Latin: magnum, meaning “strong”, and anima, meaning “soul” and I think it can sometimes mean “heart”.
To be magnanimous is to be big-hearted. It means seeking out the people who’ve been left out and bringing them in. It means being generous, kind, welcoming. It means doing the hard thing out of love.
Buuut sometimes it can be harder for others. I’ll be honest, one of my first thoughts when I heard about magnanimity was something like, “Aw, that’s hard. I’m an introvert. I can’t do that.”
Let’s dissect that thought.
Is it hard? Yup.
Am I an introvert? Um, yeah.
I can’t be magnanimous? FALSE.
Yes, I can be magnanimous. But that doesn’t mean it won’t be hard. And if something is hard, that doesn’t mean you can’t do it.
That goes for all of us. Not just the introverts.
Don’t we usually find that the easy thing is often the wrong thing and the more unfulfilling thing? Don’t we regret it when we don’t do the harder, better thing?
So starting today, let’s strive to do the harder, better thing. Let’s aim to be magnanimous. And why don’t we pray for each other, too? ‘Cause you and I both know we need it. So bad.
(If this post feels scatterbrained, I apologize profusely.)