How do we, amidst our daily lives, live out the call to holiness? How do we integrate the message of the Gospel into not just our lives, but the lives of those around us - especially those over whom we have power, responsibility, or control?
Casimir, as the second son of the king had little or no official power, but was recognized as kind, generous, chaste, and pious. When trusted so, he did rule in his father's stead and it is said that he did so with prudence and justice.
The power that he exercised was not temporal power but spiritual power couched within the situation in which he found himself. People did not honor him because he lorded power over them but because he was devoted to God first and love of self and neighbor.
Casmir, help us to live out God's holiness.
...Jesus summoned them and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and the great ones make their authority over them felt. But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave. Just so, the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
-- Matthew 20:25-28
So I exhort the presbyters among you, as a fellow presbyter and witness to the sufferings of Christ and one who has a share in the glory to be revealed. Tend the flock of God in your midst, [overseeing] not by constraint but willingly, as God would have it, not for shameful profit but eagerly. Do not lord it over those assigned to you, but be examples to the flock. And when the chief Shepherd is revealed, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.
-- 1 Peter 5:1-4
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