Precious Moments

St. Theresa of Avila wrote in The Way of Perfection, “We must retire within ourselves even during our ordinary occupations. If I can recall the companionship I have within me for so much as a moment, that is of great utility.” It is so difficult during a busy work day to turn within, as St. Theresa describes. This turning within is turning to God, the Holy Spirit dwelling within us by virtue of our baptism. It is easy to say “I am too busy,” but she says that just a moment will do. Just a moment. Perhaps my excuse of…continued

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Empty Rolls

Well, the Little Way is certainly not glamorous. One of my lessons involved toilet paper. It seemed that every time I reached for a square, either at work or at home, the roll was empty. At first I dutifully replaced the roll, feeling quite pleased with myself and my service to humanity. Then after a few weeks of this almost daily chore, I began to think, “Can’t ANYBODY else change a roll of toilet paper? Am I the only one ANYWHERE who can do this??” Once that little voice of resentment joined me, changing that roll made me feel annoyed.…continued

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The Little Way and Dirty Socks

The first Theresa I read was Theresa of Avila. I loved all three of her books, The Interior Castle, The Way of Perfection, and her Life. I loved her self-deprecating humor, her ardour, her strong will and toughness. I admired her. But I sure found it hard to emulate her. Then I found another Theresa. Therese of Liseux, The Little Flower. Reading her Story of a Soul I felt there may be hope for me after all! I did not have to do great big things, arduous penances, hours of strict prayer devotions. I could learn to be even smaller,…continued

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