The Little Way = LOVE
Wow - are we in need of this talk. Yikes! Everywhere we turn there is trouble. I go on Youtube for my news (traditional sites). I saw a notice off to the side that there was a Live presentation of Hillary speaking at some awards ceremony at Georgetown University (a once Catholic school - very very sad!!!). So I just curiously clicked in. She was done already - there were two other speakers after her and both were speaking about gangs and wondering how we can help these lost youth from belonging to one. Is this the party that vowed that God would not be a part of it? Is this the party that says we need a village to raise a child? OK - case closed. No God, No mother and father equals NO LOVE! ABSOLUTELY NO LOVE. God is Love and the sacramental marriage supplies the mother and father with the necessary graces of love and wisdom in raising a child. Take all that away and you have LOST children. Plain and simple. SO VERY VERY SAD. Well we could write a book about this subject but I will have to digress to families that do say yes to God and STILL have problems. Why is that? Well, we do not pray enough. We take control instead of letting God take control. We have problems with our egos getting into the way - feelings get hurt. We simply do not trust God and therefore do not love Him enough.
As the previous articles regarding St. Therese's family stated - they had (have) a strong devotion to Our Lady. We need to stop and think about this perfect Queen we have. She was not without suffering - yet she was without sin! Wow - really? Suffering seems to be what leads us to sin. She watched Her Son literally get mutilated, spat upon, mocked, blasphemed and all because He LOVED US! As His spotless Mother - She suffered yet she never sinned - she never did anything but unite her sufferings to that cross and offer it up to the Father. Do we do that? Can we do that with our brokenness and sin? I can say - I have failed many many times. I get upset over so many "injustices" and rant about it instead of "offering it up - WITH LOVE". That is key -If it is not done with Love - it counts for nothing.
Therefore - the "Little Way" of St. Therese was to offer up little things with GREAT LOVE. How can we do that? We can ask Our Lady to give us Her Heart to love with. We can ask Her for the grace to be able to love ALL with Her Heart because our faulty hearts have boulders in the way and we can not love the way God wants us to on our own. We need her care and guidance and grace to lead us perfectly to Jesus.
I have posted below some Scripture verses to help all of us. May we turn to Jesus Who is the Way - the Truth and the Life which we know is Love for God is Love. God bless your day through the prayers and intercession of our good Queen & Mother!
“LOVE COVERS A MULTITUDE OF SINS!” 1Peter 4:8
God will ask us how much we loved others, how much we gave of ourselves, how much we were able to overcome our own egoism and leave behind our egocentrism in order to transform the lives of others, how much we were able to perceive the other person’s heart in order to understand and comprehend them, how much we exploited the capacity to love that each one of us has received. Mary, Our Mother, who is spotless, lead us and pray for us!
BEHOLD THE "LITTLE WAY" FOUND IN THE HOLY SCRIPTURES
(1) Love is greater than faith and hope because love is eternal, while faith and hope are temporal (see 1 Corinthians 13:8-13). Because that which God has promised cannot presently be seen, faith and hope are necessary in this life. But when our Lord returns and we are living eternally in His presence, we will no longer need faith, for we will see Him and experience all that He has promised. Our hope will be fulfilled. Our love for Him, however, will last for all eternity, inspiring our worship and service in His presence.
(2) Love is the appropriate response to God’s love and grace, in Christ (see Luke 7:42, 47).
(3) Love is the great commandment and one of the distinguishing marks of a true disciple of our Lord (Matthew 22:37; Mark 12:33; Luke 6:27-36; John 13:35; 15:12-13).
(4) Love facilitates and contributes to Christian unity (John 17:20-26; Colossians 2:2; 3:14).
(5) Love is the lubricant which greatly reduces the friction which can build up between us and others (Ephesians 4:2; 1 Peter 4:8).
(6) Love is a key motive for our obedience to our Lord’s commands (John 14:15, 21, 23, 24; 15:10; 21:15-17; 1 John 5:2; 2 John 1:16).
(7) Love is a stabilizing factor in our lives (Ephesians 3:17).
(8) Love is the goal of Paul’s teaching as it should be the goal of all Christian teaching (1 Timothy 1:5).
(9) Love is the one command which encompasses all aspects of our Christian life (Romans 13:8-10; 1 Corinthians 16:14).
(10) Love makes our service more profitable to others and to us (1 Corinthians 8:1; 13:1-13).
(11) Love is a key element in our defenses against Satan’s attacks and devices (1 Thessalonians 5:8).
(12) Our love can and should be constantly growing (Philippians 1:9; 1 Thessalonians 3:12; 2 Thessalonians 1:3; Hebrews 10:24; 2 Peter 1:7).
(13) Our love can grow cold, especially in difficult times (Matthew 24:12; Revelation 2:4).
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Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 42 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 6 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!