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Millennial Lenten Reflections: Offer your Gifts


Editor’s Note: The following is part of Millennial Lenten Reflections, a blog series in collaboration with Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good. Short reflections on the day’s readings, written by young adults from FMS and other organizations, will be posted everyday throughout Lent. 

I’ve always been my own harshest critic.  My perfectionism has waned as I’ve gotten older and came to terms with my flaws, but there are still many moments where I internally berate myself for something I think I’ve done wrong.

In today’s Gospel reading, Christ instructs his disciples to reconcile themselves with both God and their earthly brothers.  He tells his friends to take their gifts and bring them to God.

When I go to God’s altar, whether in silent prayer or at Mass, I remind myself that Christ calls me to take every part of myself and bring it to Him.  That includes my talents, but also my faults.  God loves me in spite of my shortcomings, and it can be easy to forget that when living in a culture that values visible achievements over everything else.

I know that when I abandon my pride and accept the gift of humility, I can safely leave both my successes and failures in God’s hands. Then, with His strength, I can fulfill my call to do His will in this world.  This Lent, I challenge everyone to stop wallowing in their faults, but give them up as a gift to God.


Maeve Gallagher is a current missioner with Franciscan Mission Service serving in Guatemala City, Guatemala at Valley of the Angels Orphanage.  She recently graduated from Christendom College with a B.A. in English Language and Literature and calls Chicago, IL home.

Maeve Gilheney-Gallagher is a returned lay missioner with Franciscan Mission Service who served for two years at Valley of the Angels orphanage in Guatemala City, Guatemala. She currently serves on the FMS Board and works as the Global Solidarity Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Washington’s Office of Mission. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband, Dan, and three-legged dog, Lola.