As such, ambition is not quite neutral. We are called to be ambitious, that is, to use our gifts, to inhabit our strengths, to be of real service. St Paul says, be ambitious for the higher gifts. It is not that ambition as such is harmful; however, in the common experience, ambition can be destructively egocentric and based on distorted motivation.
Set our hearts free, O Lord that we may desire what you desire and love what you love. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Kieran J. O’Mahony OSA