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.' ~ Therese de Lisieux
Today (Oct 1st) is the feast of St Therese and she is one of the most popular saints of our time. Her huge appeal is not that she did extra ordinary things but that she did the little things extraordinary well. She found that she was closest to God when she was doing the simplest and most mundane tasks. The spectacular and sensational always attracts interest and sometimes hype. Celebrities are always in the spotlight. But this was never a part of her life.
We may have many things planned for today and across the coming week. The chances are that much of it is nothing extra ordinary. It will not make headlines and most of it we have done so many times before. But the feast of St Therese reminds us that this is where life is meant to be. This is where life really matters. It is comforting to know that in the simple and ordinary events of our lives, we can be quite close to God. This is something we so often take for granted. Getting close to God is not reserved for the elite or the chosen few.
For Therese she dedicated all the seemingly thankless and boring jobs to God. She often said, "I am doing this out of love for you my God." It is little wonder that so many feel drawn to Therese. Her understanding of life makes sense and deep down we know it is something we want too.
We ask her many blessings on each of us. We also reflect on how Therese found happiness and that it was always within her reach. It is also within our reach too. As we journey through this month of October, may we find more contentment and ease, in the simple, ordinary and down to earth moments that make up our every day lives.