14 Oct

Our Best Role Models

I read that the first “Mystery Plays” performed in the early Church, along with the scenes depicted in stained-glass windows, were created for people who could not read or write. The earliest of these plays took place in churches rather than in theaters, with the priests and monks acting out Bible stories. They were performed to allow people to reflect on and be lifted up to a truer understanding of God and how to live.

This is similar to the way we live today, as we emulate our role models and those we look up to. Whether in our own household, in school, or in the Church, our role models are the actors who lead us to a greater life through their performances. We can choose to follow along, or add our own words and interpretations, but eventually we must find someone to lead us home. Ultimately, the only act we need to follow is that of God.  

The stage is set and our script is waiting. Our role models are those who have gone before us and already accomplished what we seek to do or become. When we study the great ones’ lives, we learn how they overcame difficulties and failure, and how they weren’t afraid to keep trying. They were not influenced by mistakes, nor did they give in to insults, fear, pain, separation, or sorrow. They are our saints, the givers and the doers of the world we live in, and they provide us with inspiration by serving others in gratitude and love. They have succeeded in fostering the growth and development of all of humanity, and theirs is one of the greatest of all gifts.

Truly, it is an honor to take on the roles God intends for us, to become our highest selves as God has revealed to us. Knowing our true nature empowers us to act as God would act. It may not be easy, but it is truly an act of love.


“Imprinted Wisdom” by Catherine Nagle

About the Author

Written by Catherine Nagle

Catherine grew up in Philadelphia with 16 brothers and sisters, reared by loving, old-school Italian parents. Catherine's artist father's works graced churches and public buildings; her mother was a full-time homemaker. A professional hairdresser, Catherine worked in various salons while studying the Bible and pursuing spiritual growth through courses, seminars, lectures, works of Marianne Williamson, and conferences, including the National Theology of the Body Congress. She is also an Ambassador of the Society of Emotional Intelligence. The mother of two children and now a grandmother, Catherine lives in Pennsylvania with her husband. She is the Author of Imprinted Wisdom, Absence and Presence, Amelia, and a contributor to Anne Born’s These Winter Months: The Late Orphan Project Anthology.

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