Posted by: matt25 | February 10, 2014

To Do More, Love More

Sometimes I wonder why I am unable to do the things that I believe are important. I never seem to get to them. There just isn’t enough time. Do you ever feel like that?

Upon a fearless and piercing examination of how I spend my time however I see that I spend a great many moments on things that are unimportant. Many of them geared toward my entertainment or trivial matters of self interest. Can you relate to that?

Perhaps I just need to love more. Most of the important things that I want to accomplish are important because they benefit not only me but others as well. If I could find it in myself to love God, others and even myself, more I would undoubtedly achieve more.

Lord grant me the grace to love more! Let me do so keeping you first, others second, and myself third.

* today’s thoughts spring from a talk given by Mary Lou Mercurio on Joy during the Buffalo Cursillo Second touch Weekend 2014 and the following words of St Gregory the Great:

From the books of Dialogues by Saint Gregory the Great, pope
(Lib. 2, 33: PL 66, 194-196)

Scholastica, the sister of Saint Benedict, had been consecrated to God from her earliest years. She was accustomed to visiting her brother once a year. He would come down to meet her at a place on the monastery property, not far outside the gate.
One day she came as usual and her saintly brother went with some of his disciples; they spent the whole day praising God and talking of sacred things. As night fell they had supper together.
Their spiritual conversation went on and the hour grew late. The holy nun said to her brother: “Please do not leave me tonight; let us go on until morning talking about the delights of the spiritual life.” “Sister,” he replied, “what are you saying? I simply cannot stay outside my cell.”
When she heard her brother refuse her request, the holy woman joined her hands on the table, laid her head on them and began to pray. As she raised her head from the table, there were such brilliant flashes of lightning, such great peals of thunder and such a heavy downpour of rain that neither Benedict nor his brethren could stir across the threshold of the place where they had been seated. Sadly he began to complain: “May God forgive you, sister. What have you done?” “Well,” she answered, “I asked you and you would not listen; so I asked my God and he did listen. So now go off, if you can, leave me and return to your monastery.”
Reluctant as he was to stay of his own will, he remained against his will. So it came about that they stayed awake the whole night, engrossed in their conversation about the spiritual life.
It is not surprising that she was more effective than he, since as John says, God is love, it was absolutely right that she could do more, as she loved more.


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