Light Of The World

You are the light of the world. – Matthew 5, WEBBE

That Little Thing You Did

That little thing you did,
that little smile,
You thought it didn’t matter,
but it got through,
and thanks to you,
her day was not so blue.

That little thing you did,
that little letter,
You thought it wasn’t written well,
it wasn’t perfect,
But it didn’t need to be perfect,
to let him know he was loved.

That little thing you did,
that little poem,
It hardly made a rhyme,
You thought no one would read it,
But somebody did and somebody thought about it,
And now his life was spared
by a poem that did not rhyme.

How many good things have not been done
just because we thought
what we do is too little?
How many beautiful things
were left unsaid
just because we thought they wouldn’t rhyme?

Do not forget the little things
even the broken and imperfect ones.
God uses the little things
to accomplish His greatest work,
And it is the broken that can mend
the deepest wounds of men.

We often think we receive graces and are divinely illumined by means of brilliant candles. But from whence comes their light? From the prayers, perhaps, of some humble, hidden soul, whose inward shining is not apparent to human eyes; a soul of unrecognized virtue and, in her own sight, of little value – a dying flame. – St. Therese of Lisieux

Deeds of Love

“Trees that are slow to grow bear the best fruit.” – Molière

There are times when we may feel that despite all our labors, we’re barely making a difference, we’re hardly seeing the fruits we wish to make.

It’s never easy. Such times require great patience on our part, a certain tenacity, and a tremendous dose of hope to keep our spirits up, to keep going on.

And we go on not because we’ve already seen our dreams coming true, not even because we feel victory is near. We go on because just like the apostles, Jesus tells us to keep on trying, to look to Him in trust instead of looking towards our many fears.

We cast our nets to catch not what we see, but what God sees. For God sees every fruit that comes out of our labors, and every good thing that happens from each little deed that is done in love.

When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into the deep, and let down your nets for a catch.” Simon answered him, “Master, we worked all night, and took nothing; but at your word I will let down the net.” When they had done this, they caught a great multitude of fish, and their net was breaking. – Luke 5, WEBBE

God Knows Our Needs

Therefore don’t be like them, for your Father knows what things you need, before you ask him. – Matthew 6, WEBBE

The Things We Need

Sometimes we seem to be lost
We can’t find what we’re looking for
And even if we find it,
We still feel we’ve missed it,
We’ve missed what it was we really need.

And what is it that we need?
We need to know that
Despite our many sins
We can still be forgiven.
We need to know we are loved.
We need to find justice.
And not only justice
But mercy
Mercy that meets with Truth.
We need to know that there is
really such a thing as goodness
And beauty
And purity.
And that somehow,
There are still good things
That can last forever.

These are the things we need.
And God knows our needs
Even before we learn about them
Even before we finally found
The wisdom
And the courage
To ask.

“See that I am God. See that I am in everything. See that I do everything. See that I have never stopped ordering my works, nor ever shall, eternally. See that I lead everything on to the conclusion I ordained for it before time began, by the same power, wisdom and love with which I made it. How can anything be amiss?”
– Julian of Norwich

His Banner Is Love

To walk with God is to grow in the awareness of His love for me. It is to grow from wanting to believe to being able to believe, from having the knowledge of His love to having the sweet experience of His presence. There is no end to knowing Him, there is no end to the joy of walking with God. – Jocelyn Soriano

When I Feel Your Love

When I feel your love
I feel alive
And my life has depth and meaning
And all is beautiful and good
And lasting

When I feel your love
The simple life
Is a glorious life
And I don’t need
Anything more
Or anyone else
To fulfill me

When I feel your love
I feel as though
I could soar
It’s the only fitting thing to do
To meet you
To keep you
To fall over and over again
In a love that is so
Achingly beautiful and true.

I sat down under his shadow with great delight,
his fruit was sweet to my taste.
He brought me to the banquet hall.
His banner over me is love.
-Song of Solomon 2, WEBBE

A Greater Love

“Love… for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.”
– Vincent Van Gogh

Sometimes, when we love, we tend to give only what we think we ought. We strive for fairness, and we give only as much as we think we could receive along the way. We then live with the very minimum, and then we wonder why our relationships are not doing great.

God’s love on the other hand is more than mere fairness. God’s love is an abounding love. It is a love without limits or condition, a love that knows no end. It is a love that always seeks to do more, to give more.

If we could only learn from God’s love, all our other relationships would be blessed. We’d realize that all the while, we were being content with so little when we can be blessed with an overflowing, ever growing, and abounding love.

Matthew 5:38-41 (WEB) “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I tell you, don’t resist him who is evil; but whoever strikes you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also. If anyone sues you to take away your coat, let him have your cloak also. Whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.