Monday, October 1, 2012
Feast of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux
Good morning. It seems perfectly normal to want to be the best, to be successful, to do great things. We certainly have always tried to instill this ideal into our children, yet we have always made an effort to temper this with a clear sense of humility and integrity. After all, if in the process of being successful, we do so without leaving this world a better place and do so at the cost of our soul, all is wasted. We have always suggested to our children that it is better to have done it the right way and fail than to cheat or do so at someone else’s expense. We may never achieve greatness here on earth, yet, living humbly and with charity in all that we do will have greatness in the eyes of God. To keep our eye on the real prize, no matter the cost, no matter how humbling is a lesson certainly learned from today’s Gospel as well as from the life of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux whose life we celebrate today. Today’s Psalm likewise offers a valuable guide for living our lives: “From you let my judgment come; your eyes behold what is right.” If we look to life with the judgment and vision of our Lord, then we cannot go wrong.
Pope Benedict in a General Audience given several years ago noted the importance of living a “spiritual childhood” according to the model of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, of ‘remaining little’, to abandon “oneself to God not blindly and automatically, but serenely and responsibly,” We should strive to achieve greatness, not in the way of this world, but in "the little way" through committing ourselves to the tasks and to the people we meet every day out of our love for God and for one another. Greatness is measured differently in the eyes of God. Make a great day!
Today we recall the good life, gifts, and work of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux.
Posted by Donald Gatwood at 7:16 AM