Today’s reading challenges us to counter the societal trend to pursue success and power as a means of achieving happiness. Instead we are encouraged to accept our need to embrace the true happiness that follows Jesus’ path to the cross. It sounds like an ominous endeavor. St Thérèse of Lisieux teaches us that starting small is the answer.
There is one ONLY THING to do here below: to love Jesus, to win souls for Him so that He may be loved. Let us seize with jealous care every least opportunity of self sacrifice. Let us refuse Him nothing – He does so want our love! Thérèse of Lisieux – VI letter to her sister Celine
Thérèse’ sacrifices were not big according to human standards, but the love that was expressed was without measure. What are those simple sacrifices in our lives that could lead us to greater love?
… hold one’s tongue when words or actions are misinterpreted.
…picking up the messes left by another without complaining.
…refraining from spreading the latest “did you hear.”
…think only good things about another as a daily practice.
Are these difficult enough for a Lenten practice.? What does your heart say?