Gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
~ GK Chesterton

Monday, March 10, 2014

Appropriate Lenten Reflection

Last Monday's reflection was courtesy of St. Teresa of Avila.  Here's another one.

How is it God, that you have given me this hectic busy life when I have so little time to enjoy your presence? Throughout the day people are waiting to speak with me, and even at meals I have to continue talking to people about their needs and problems. During sleep itself I am still thinking and dreaming about the multitude of concerns that surround me. I do all this not for my own sake, but for yours.

To me my present pattern of life is a torment; I only hope that for you it is truly a sacrifice of love. I know that you are constantly beside me, yet I am usually so busy that I ignore you. If you want me to remain so busy, please force me to think about and love you even in the midst of such hectic activity. If you do not want me so busy, please release me from it, showing others how they can take over my responsibilities.

I dislike posting quotes like this without giving a source.  This is all over the internet, but I cannot find where St. Teresa, herself, wrote it.  The ill health going around our family has returned to me in the form of a sore throat and I'm wiped out at this end-of-the-day.  So, I apologize for posting this without research.

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