“There is more value in a little study of humility and in a single act of it than in all the knowledge of the world.”
St Therese of Lisieux
With these words of Therese in mind, God says…
“Waste no more time.
No more preoccupation with yourself.
It is time to start looking for the many ways I will present myself to you today.
Say often: “I will seek Him whom my heart loves. ( Song of Songs 3:2)
Each person you encounter is My work of art….
My image and likeness.
Frame this artwork. Stop and study him or her. Look deep into the heart and see what I see.
Take note of their longing, their ache and their need. Give Me to them. Give Love to them.
This may be simply an encouraging word, a listening heart, a willingness to serve.
I give you now, at this moment,
the gift of remembering
that when you encounter another person
you are encountering Me.
You must imitate Me in this way.
You look often in mirrors and are fascinated with self image.
You are often preoccupied with how you appear to yourself or to others.
I am preoccupied with My image too-
but only by looking into the mirror of My image and likeness
into the hearts of the persons I have made.
All persons preoccupy Me.
Think of My constant and persistent gaze of love for you.
I watch you beneath my cross as I offer My life and crucified Body for you.
I gaze at you for hours from the monstrance in adoration.
I remain silently and humbly hidden in the Tabernacle of My love….waiting for reverent genuflection.
I am persistent in my outward gaze.
Keep removing obstacles to this work by going to confession.
This mercy I provide keeps the flow of grace from Me abundant.
This grace gives you direction on where to seek, eagerness for the search, and wisdom on how to love when you find Me.
Keep consuming My Word each morning
as I summon you to prayer and meditation.
It places words of Mine in your heart so they are ready to give as food to those who hunger.
And keep consumimg My Flesh and My Blood each day at Holy Mass.
Nowhere else can I possess you so fully
so as to form your body
into a sacrifice for others like unto My Body.
Our union is so necessary and so powerful
in your becoming Me and offering My love to others.
Let my Mother guide you and listen to her correction.
Seek her as refuge and a comfort. Rest with her when you tire. Rely on her protection when you are beseiged with temptations and rejections.
Now go! I have made this day for you.
Begin your search with zeal.
Come back tome at day’s end and tell me where you met Me and how you loved
so we can rejoice together!
If you fail, I am there to offer forgiveness and new graces of refreshment and light.
We are meant for each other and I will never abandon you.
Stay faithful to the search for Me . Stay faithful for I am with you-
reminding you again and again of our work and our joy in the journey.
Go now! Humbly seek my face!
St Therese of Lisiseux, pray for us!