The readings at mass yesterday really touched me. Like the rich man who was challenged to give up everything and follow Christ, we are constantly called to make sacrifices, big and small. These sacrifices are prayers in themselves when offered up with a cheerful heart.
Today is the feast day of Saint Teresa of Avila, a model of the contemplative life through mental prayer and a Doctor of the Church. Throughout her life she experienced a lot of joy as well as a lot of suffering. She wrote:
One must not think that a person who is suffering is not praying. He is offering up his sufferings to God, and many a time he is praying much more truly than one who goes away by himself and meditates his head off, and, if he has squeezed out a few tears, thinks that is prayer.
There is so much we can learn from this! Over the next week I am going to work on offering up my little sacrifices with a prayerful attitude. Care to join me?
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With you in prayer,