Excellent Herman


Herman was sad. Recently, he had learned that the reason things weren’t going so well for him was because he wasn’t “privileged.” He was just a mouse, an orange one, at that, with a crooked, little tail. And on top of that, he was born and raised in Chucktown, inside the walls of Bishop Bob’s cathedral.

How could anyone succeed in life with a resume like that! Without some privilege, poor Herman was doomed — unless there was actually more to the story of excellence than circumstance and privilege.


That’s when Gomez, his guardian angel, crashed Herman’s pity party. Gomez reminded Herman of some great truths that had been hidden in plain view in the Bible for many centuries.

“You are part of a chosen race,” Gomez announced to Herman. “A royal priesthood! You are part of a people chosen for God’s own possession.” (1 Pet 2:9)

It sounded good, but Herman was generally unmoved by all the hoopla— unconvinced. If Herman’s problems really weren’t about a lack of privilege, then it would mean he had a share in the responsibility for changing the direction of his life — or at least, the number of bumps in the road he encountered along the way. But that wasn’t what the little mouse had been taught in school. And it surely was not the message that was being heralded daily by the media.

Gomez did not let up on his friend. “You have a treasure in you, little buddy,” Gomez proclaimed. “You can do great things if you practice doing little things everyday. Your power for excellence does not come from happenstance or circumstance. It’s not the result of privilege either. Your call to greatness comes from God who loves us! (2 Cor 4:7)

Gomez left Herman quietly so that he might think about what he had just heard.


The little, orange mouse decided to give it a try. His strategy would be to start with little, baby steps each day. They would help him form new habits of excellence. And he would see where they took him.

If Gomez and the Bible were right, Herman was actually born with the greatest privilege possible. He was a son of the living God (2 Cor 6:18). It is still a secret to a world in darkness, but no longer was it a secret to Herman (1 John 3:1). He would become the great little, mouse God made him to be because He truly was privileged to be a child of God through Christ Jesus.


That’s our story and we’re sticking to it. After thinking a little about this story, what might you start, stop, or change doing in you life that could possibly make you a more excellent person (or little mouse, if you happen to be like Herman)?

It’s cool to be Catholic. COOL2B!

In Christ.

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