Okay, so I’m finally getting around to reading that America interview with the Pope. Haven’t gotten too far yet — just up to the part where the interviewer has asked him who he really is.
And he repeats: “I am one who is looked upon by the Lord. I always felt my motto, Miserando atque Eligendo [By Having Mercy and by Choosing Him], was very true for me.”
And then he goes on to talk about mottos, of St. Ignatius, of John XXIII.
I love the idea of having a motto — especially if you can change it when you feel like it. My motto used to be something that I came up with when people used to ask me all the time, “How do you do it?” — meaning, raise kids and meet deadlines and make supper, I suppose. So my answer and motto was, “Praise God and cut corners.”
How about you? Do you have a personal or family motto? Did you used to have one that no longer fits? If you had to come up with one today, what would it be?