austraLasia

?

Shortcut

PrevPrev Article

NextNext Article

Larger Font Smaller Font Up Down Go comment Print Attachment
RMG
2021.01.10 10:31

5548_Get Out of Your Comfort Zone!

Views 126 Comment 1
ALA_5548

20200925_174320.jpg

Missionary Message for the 11th of the month of January 2021


By Fr. Alfred Maravilla, SDB

General Councillor for Missions


RMG, 10 January 2021 -- We often hear the saying ‘get out of your comfort zone’ but what is it? Our ‘comfort zone’ is that area of our life in which we do not feel any stress and anxiety because we feel familiar with and in control of our environment. Anything outside our comfort zone is always very challenging for us. But there is also that little voice in the back of our head which readily comes up with a thousand reasons why our new idea or new way of doing will fail, is dangerous, should not be repeated, should be avoided…


We will always be stuck in our comfort zone, never moving forward and never growing. It does not allow us to discover what we are capable of. Thus, we continue doing things we have always done without realising that we have actually become blind to the fact that it is not producing results anymore.


We need to challenge ourselves to move out of our comfort zones by taking small steps like learning to understand and appreciate the way others see things which is different from my own point of view. Learning to eat food from another culture or learning another foreign language is another small step. So is living in another culture, another country. Indeed, it is only in taking small steps, but many of them, that we will be able to break through our comfort zone and move forward.


A ship is meant to sail the high seas, not to be safe in the harbour. We too are designed to set out into the deep, to push the boundaries of what we can achieve and unlock our potentials as ‘missionary disciples’. Thus, Pope Francis insisted that “following Jesus is not a polite etiquette to be observed, but a journey to be undertaken.” Indeed, if we ourselves want to find Jesus, “we have to overcome our fear of taking risks, our self-satisfaction and our indolent refusal to ask anything more of life” (Homily, January 6, 2018).


For Reflection and Sharing

  • What is my comfort zone?
  • What are the fears that paralyze me?




Attach

Drag and drop your files here, or Click attach files button.

Maximum File Size : 0MB (Allowed extentsions : *.*)

0 file(s) attached ( / )
  • DonBosc01 2021.01.11 09:49

    Dear Father Alfred, I have just finished reading your latest letter about the comfort zone. It has eally touched me. But I must be honest and tell you that I was born in Amsterdam, Holland,in 1927, and in November 1950 arrived in Melbourne Australia with two companions to be a missionary in Australia. I am too old to get out of my comfort zone but do remember to pray the rosary  three times a day for the missions . I cannot do more as my health is beginning to play up. Yours sincerely, Tony Moester SDB.


  1. 5550(II)_A good plan to participate in the Days of Salesian Spirituality 15-17/01/2021

    THAI province -- Tomorrow will be the first day of the 39th Salesian Family Spirituality Days. More than 1000 participants of EAO region are ready for the event. THAI province has also prepared a good plan for the participation of SF member...
    Date2021.01.14 CategoryTHA Reply1 Views137 file
    Read More
  2. 5550(I)_EAO Salesian Family in the School of Hope

    By our own correspondent EAO Region, 13 January 2021 -- Just two days ahead of the 39th SF Spirituality Days (January 15-17), the 1000+ EAO region participants are getting ready with their leaders, translators to 8 EAO languages, technical ...
    Date2021.01.13 CategoryEAO Reply0 Views185 file
    Read More
  3. 5549(III)_1000 EAO Salesian Family members getting ready

    ALA_5549 By Br. Dominic Nam, SDB Rome, 11 December 2021 -- At present some 5000 Salesian Family members worldwide are registered for the 39th Salesian Family Spirituality Days - first online edition, to be held from 15-17 January 2021: 'MO...
    Date2021.01.13 CategoryWorld Reply0 Views175
    Read More
  4. 5549(II)_The 50th Anniversary of Foundation and Inauguration of new pastoral building

    ALA_5549 Don Rua Philosophical Institute, Vietnam Province By Br. Pham hong Phuoc, SDB Da Lat city, Vietnam 02 January 2021 -- On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the foundation and inauguration of new pastoral building of Don Rua P...
    Date2021.01.12 CategoryVIE Reply0 Views167
    Read More
  5. 5549(I)_The Salesians - Men and Women - In the Midst of the Laotian Youth

    A Salesian Receives a Certificate and Medal of Honor By Fr.Patrick Maccioni Vientiane, Laos, 11 January 2021 -- On 6 January 2021, at the Lao Youth Union Headquarters, Fr Patrick Maccioni, Rector of Don Bosco Youth Vocational Training Cent...
    Date2021.01.12 CategoryTHA Reply0 Views96
    Read More
  6. 5548_Get Out of Your Comfort Zone!

    ALA_5548 Missionary Message for the 11th of the month of January 2021 By Fr. Alfred Maravilla, SDB General Councillor for Missions RMG, 10 January 2021 -- We often hear the saying ‘get out of your comfort zone’ but what is it? Our ‘comfort...
    Date2021.01.10 CategoryRMG Reply1 Views126 file
    Read More
  7. 5547_“A life lived meaningfully is a life that is remembered forever”

    ALA_5547 By Cl. Faraz Masih, SDB Quetta, Pakistan, 8 January 2021 -- Many people in the world dream of living an exemplary life. On 6 January 2021 thousands of people from every corner of Balochistan, joined both the Salesian communities o...
    Date2021.01.08 CategoryPak. Reply0 Views197 file
    Read More
  8. 5546_Oliva Gessi celebrates 100 years of St Louis Versiglia's episcopal ordination

    ALA_5546 By Ms Giovanna Bruni Oliva Gessi, Pavia, Italy, 6 January 2021 -- The home village of Saint (Bishop) Louis Versiglia, Oliva Gessi (PA, Italy) remembers the upcoming Centenary of episcopal ordination of their beloved 'compaesano' i...
    Date2021.01.06 CategoryWorld Reply0 Views127 file
    Read More
  9. 5545(IV)_Transforming soccer field into a veggie farm - DB Tondo 2021

    ALA_5545 By our own correspondent Don Bosco Tondo, Manila, The Philippines, 4 January 2021 -- On 3 January (Sunday) the Don Bosco Tondo (Rector Fr Gaudencio Carandang, Jr) vegetable urban farm projects was featured by most of the mainstrea...
    Date2021.01.05 CategoryFIN Reply0 Views131 file
    Read More
  10. 5545(III)_Community of Brothers and Sisters (Fratelli Tutti)

    ALA_5545 Salesian Builds A Christian Group By THA SC Koh Samui, Thailand, 4 January 2021 -- On 1 January 2021, Fr Terry Tapay, the temporary parish priest of St Anne Parish, Koh Samui, Surat Thani Province, blessed the signpost bearing the...
    Date2021.01.05 CategoryTHA Reply0 Views147 file
    Read More
List
Board Pagination Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 ... 380 Next
/ 380