Make Today an Ordinary Day by Nancy Carabio Belanger

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What ordinary things can you do to please God in the grind of everyday life? Make today—and 2010—very ordinary!

“In my Little Way there are only very ordinary things.”—St. Therese of Lisieux

The Little Way.

Much has been written about it over the century since Therese has gone to be with God. Many books have been written, describing the spiritual childhood of this Way of living, of embracing suffering to grow closer to Jesus, of sacrificing one’s desires, of praying for sinners. The little Carmelite nun who never really went anywhere, who prayed for missionaries in her cloistered cell, loved our Blessed Mother, and adored flowers and a fun, innocent prank or two was declared a Doctor of the Church for her teachings. And her parents, Louis and Zelie Martin, were recently beatified, which means they are on their way to sainthood.

All of this fanfare for a simple young woman who only wrote her life’s story because her older sister Pauline (and prioress of the convent) asked her to. Therese was such a good storyteller and Pauline knew the joys and sorrows of Therese’s life should be recorded. (Terribly ill with tuberculosis, Therese penned her story, and when it got too painful to use pen and ink, had to use a pencil instead.)

As 2010 starts out, and the excitement and festivities of Christmas come to an end, life can seem kind of bland as we go back to school and work; very ordinary indeed. Therese said that only ordinary things make up her Little Way. Praying for someone who has hurt us. Not always having the last word. Holding the door open for someone even when we’re in a hurry. A smile for someone who could use it. Ordinary things, but very pleasing to God.

We think Therese is quite extraordinary, but she would never agree to that. She once said, “I am too weak to climb the rough stairway of perfection.” She thought of Jesus as the elevator that would take her to Heaven.

What ordinary things can you do to please God in the grind of everyday life? Make today—and 2010—very ordinary!

Copyright 2010 Nancy Carabio Belanger

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