Let me start with a quote that enlightened
me a lot the first time I read it. "To
give my life for Christ appears glorious,"
this author was saying. "To pour myself
out for others… to pay the ultimate price
of martyrdom - I'll do it. I'm ready, Lord,
to go out in a blaze of glory. We think giving
our all to the Lord is like taking $1,000
bill and laying it on the table - 'Here's
my life, Lord. I'm giving it all.' But the
reality for most of us is that He sends us
to the bank and has us cash the $1,000 for
quarters. We go through life putting out
25 cents here and 50 cents there. Listen
to the neighbor kid's troubles instead of
saying, 'Get lost.' Go to a committee meeting.
Give a cup of water to a shaky old man in
a nursing home. Usually giving our life to
Christ isn't glorious. It's done in all those
little acts of love, 25 cents at a time.
It would be easy to go out in a flash of
glory; it's harder to live the Christian
life little by little over the long haul."
This was also the basic intuition of Saint
Therese of the Child Jesus - to do ordinary
things in an extraordinary way. There is
the story an elderly pastor who was scoffed
at because his Church never increased in
numbers. "Something must be wrong with
your pastoral ministry in this parish. There's
been only one person added to the church
in a whole year, and he's just a boy."
The priest found this hard to digest especially
because he was putting all his effort in
his work. "I know. I know. But God knows
that I have tried to do my very best."
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