I have been a bit overwhelmed lately. This blog is an amazing outlet for me to track my thoughts, but ideas keep coming and coming. I am longing to learn more about God. Longing to read. Longing to share. And, in that frenzy, I’m finding it hard to focus. Don;t get me wrong — its a happy, excited sorta frenzy. But I am running ahead of myself, reading bits and pieces of things, focusing and refocusing. My thoughts are scattered.
Over the past two days God reminded me why I am on this journey.
First through a podcast from Fr. Robert Barron last night, when he discussed St. Therese of Lisieux, and the Little Way. (Side note: if you have not yet met Fr. Barron, make the introduction. His love, passion and ability to share his knowledge of God and Catholicism are truly Inspired.)
St. Therese had desires to live her life heroically for God, to change the world. Conscious of situation — being a young nun at Carmel, she chose what she called the Little Way – where she was committed to living God and her Faith through love.
She played no favourites; she gave of herself even to the difficult members. Her life sounds so routine and ordinary, but it was steeped in a loving commitment that knew no breakdown. It is called a “little way” precisely by being simple, direct, yet calling for amazing fortitude and commitment.
And her little way did changed the world, one soul at a time.
Last night, and this morning, I reread Matthew (Something about Matthew is so comforting. When feeling lost, i find myself drawn back into Matthew). Anyway, I sat a bit with a favorite passage of many. And I focused on the birds, the air, the grass, the kingdom of God.
Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry about clothing? Learn from the way the wildflowers grow. They do not work nor spin. . . .If God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you. O you of little faith? . . . indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first for the kingdom of God and righteousness, and all these things will be given besides. Matthew 25-34
Depending on the translation, this passage is referred to as the “Dependency of God”, “Do not Worry” “Lessons on Anxiety”. But for me, today, it is called “The Little Way.”
And today, I am inspired to act in the little ways, and live my Faith in my own world.