With all the things that need to get done on a daily basis, I have sometimes wondered how I can still lead a prayer-filled life — how God can be at the forefront of every thought and how I can be pleasing to Him with my words & deeds.
I used to think that if I wasn’t praying, actively praying, every minute of the day, then I wasn’t pleasing God — that I, really, wasn’t doing enough.
But that’s not true — I know it’s not true.
It’s not about what we’re doing, but how we’re doing it; it’s not about where we are, but how we are when we’re there… We know this, and we can look to so many saints who show us that this is true; that attaining perfection in their ordinary lives is enough — and is, in fact, what we’re all called to pursue.
Raoul Plus, S.J., from Catholic Exchange, writes, “To remain in a state of prayer, it is not necessary to always be actively praying.
“Every action done for God rises to His throne as an act of homage. It constitutes a lifting up of our whole being to His supreme majesty, a recognition — which. although not always explicit, is nonetheless real — of His sovereign due, and is the filial act of the creature offering everything to his Creator and his Father.”
I absolutely love this.
We may not be able to change our days, but we can change ourselves during the day; we can lift our heart and our minds to God — we can offer Him each short moment, and each long day.
I have to keep reminding myself of this.
It’s so easy to forget that each moment is really an opportunity to love, to offer, to serve — to do exactly what we’re doing for Him. Our days can be mundane, our tasks can be menial — but we can be sanctified through doing these things as Christ might have.
You can read more by Raoul Plus here.
We have to remember that the secret to sanctity is not in our circumstances, but in our responses to those circumstances.
Bl. Fulton Sheen wrote:
“Here is the whole secret of sanctity; the method is available to everyone and deserves particular notice from those who ask: “What can I do?” For many good souls are hungry to do great things for God. They complain that they have no opportunities for heroic virtue, no chance at the apostolate. They would be martyrs; but when a meal is late, or a bus is crowded, when the theater is filled, or the dance postponed, or the bacon overdone, they are upset for a whole day. They miss their opportunities for loving God in the little things He asks of them.
“Our Lord said: “He who is trustworthy over a little sum is trustworthy over a greater.” (Luke 16:10) The Divine Beloved speaks to the soul in a whisper, but because the soul is waiting for a trumpet, it loses His Command. All of us would like to make our own crosses tailor-made trials. But not many of us welcome the crosses God sends. Yet it is in doing perfectly the little chores He gives that Saints find holiness.”
That last sentence reminds me of St. Therese, and her parents who were just canonized, Sts. Louis & Zelie Martin (Pray for us!), and it certainly helps me to re-focus on those little chores that He is giving me today; to do them with Him in mind, for His glory, and because of Love.
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