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Welcome New Readers

In Welcomes on April 8, 2009 at 6:26 pm

Welcome to new readers of Christianity Richly, many of whom have been sent this way by Father Dwight Longenecker’s kind mention at Standing on My Head. Comments and emails from those of you new to Christianity Richly have been wonderfully encouraging.  I pray that all who visit will find something that, used by the Holy Spirit, will continue to shape each one of us in the beauty of holiness.

Having spoken of Father Longenecker, let me also point you to his article, “A Little Way Through Lent,” in the March 1-7, 2009, issue of National Catholic Register.  Despite my admiration for Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, I had previously had difficulty grasping the “little way.”  But by God’s grace and in the context of Father Longenecker’s article, these words finally hit home—hard!

She realized that all the heroic deeds without charity are worth nothing.  She writes, “You know well enough that our Lord does not look so much at the greatness of our actions, nor even at their difficulty, but at the love with which we do them.”

How many times have I steeled myself to do the right thing, even if unwillingly or with mixed motives?  Dear God, continue to change me!  Let me begin by practicing the small things cited from a letter written by Thérèse to her sister Celine:

I seek little opportunities, mere trifles, to give pleasure to Jesus; for instance, a smile, a pleasant word when inclined to be silent and to show weariness.  If I find no opportunities, I at least tell Him again and again that I love Him; that is not difficult, and it keeps alive the fire in my heart.  Even though this fire of love might seem extinct, I would still throw little straws upon the embers, and I am certain it would rekindle.

We have almost passed through Lent to reach the glorious day of the Resurrection of Our Savior. But the seemingly small sacrifices of Thérèse’s little way are not intended to end with Lent.  May we incorporate them into our daily lives as one more means of attaining what Thomas Dubay calls “heroic virtue,” and in honor of St. Thérèse we might add, “heroic love.”

  1. […] Then, be faithful about recording something daily.  Your entry may be only “Missed daily prayer and reading,” on a day when an unanticipated obligation intrudes on your regular prayer time.  Even that intrusion, however, may provide the opportunity to later write, “But what I was required to do, by God’s grace I did with a spirit of love” (see the full quotation of this thought by Saint Thérèse of Lisieux here). […]

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