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HOLINESS IS MADE UP OF LITTLE THINGS DONE WITH GREAT LOVE FOR GOD AND FOR OTHERS.

Holiness consists in little things done out of love.

HOLINESS IS MADE UP OF LITTLE THINGS
DONE WITH GREAT LOVE FOR GOD AND FOR OTHERS.

Many people have the wrong notion that holiness consists in carrying out extraordinary things in this life. Quite the contrary: Our Lord wants us to know that He seeks our love in the little things of each day.

We should always remember that God awaits us, hidden in the apparently monotonous tasks of our daily life, so we could discover and love Him and others right there in the minute details of our ordinary tasks carried out with great love.

“Not all of us can do great things, but we can do small things with great love”
-Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.

 “Do everything for Love. Thus there will be no little things: everything will be big. Perseverance in little things for Love is heroism. A little act, done for Love, is worth so much!”
St. Josemaria, The Way, n. 813

Let us ask the help of the greatest saints ever, Our Lady and St. Joseph, who knew how to convert the little things of each day into opportunities of loving and serving Jesus, so that we, too, may seek, find and love our Lord in the little things in our family life, work, study, friendship, sports and rest…

Fr. Rolly A., priest of Opus Dei.

SEE AS WELL:
HOLINESS IN DAILY TASKS DONE OUT OF LOVE.
https://catholicsstrivingforholiness.com/2015/10/13/holiness-in-daily-tasks-done-out-of-love-seek-find-and-love-god-in-the-little-things-of-each-day/

 

THE MIRACLE OF THE LOAVES AND FISH. LITTLE THINGS. https://catholicsstrivingforholiness.com/2015/07/25/17th-sunday-of-ordinary-time-the-miracle-of-the-loaves-and-fish-little-things/

 

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MAY 1, ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER. DON’T FORGET THAT YOUR WORK AND DAILY ORDINARY ACTIVITIES ARE A PATH TO HOLINESS!

May 1 - St. Joseph. Works as path to holiness

MAY 1, ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER.
DON’T FORGET THAT YOUR WORK AND
DAILY ORDINARY ACTIVITIES ARE A PATH TO HOLINESS!

As we prepare to celebrate May 1’s feast, St. Joseph the Worker (preceded by the 6th Sunday of Easter), during which the entire world celebrates the human activity of work, let us remind ourselves that WORK HAS A DIVINE, SANCTIFYING VALUE AS WELL, FOR WORK AND OTHER ORDINARY TASKS OF OUR DAILY LIFE ARE A PATH TOWARDS HOLINESS, TOWARDS SANCTITY.

As Pope Francis said:

“We are all called to become saints…BE A SAINT BY CARRYING OUT YOUR WORK WITH HONESTY AND COMPETENCE AND BY OFFERING TIME IN THE SERVICE OF YOUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS. “But, father, I work in a factory; I work as an accountant, only with numbers; you can’t be a saint there…”. “Yes, yes you can! There, where you work, you can become a saint. God gives you the grace to become holy. God communicates himself to you”. ALWAYS, IN EVERY PLACE, ONE CAN BECOME A SAINT, THAT IS, ONE CAN OPEN ONESELF UP TO THIS GRACE, WHICH WORKS INSIDE US AND LEADS US TO HOLINESS.

WHEN THE LORD INVITES US TO BECOME SAINTS, he doesn’t call us to something heavy, sad… quite the contrary! IT’S AN INVITATION TO SHARE IN HIS JOY, TO LIVE AND TO OFFER WITH JOY EVERY MOMENT OF OUR LIFE, BY MAKING IT BECOME AT THE SAME TIME A GIFT OF LOVE FOR THE PEOPLE AROUND US. IF WE UNDERSTAND THIS, EVERYTHING CHANGES AND TAKES ON NEW MEANING, A BEAUTIFUL MEANING, A MEANING THAT BEGINS WITH LITTLE EVERYDAY THINGS (General Audience, November 19, 2014).”

Let us ask the intercession of St. Joseph so that like him, we may seek, find and love God in our work and ordinary duties of each day by working well to the best of our capabilities, living the virtues and offering it to Our Lord.

St. Joseph, pray for us, for all the workers in the world and for those who are seeking for a job.

HAPPY FEAST OF ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER!

SEE AS WELL:

WORK WITH JOY AND HOPE: https://catholicsstrivingforholiness.com/2015/08/20/pope-francis-on-family-life-2-work-may-god-grant-us-to-receive-his-call-to-work-with-joy-and-hope-to-give-dignity-to-oneself-and-to-ones-family/

HOLINESS IN DAILY TASKS DONE OUT OF LOVE: https://catholicsstrivingforholiness.com/2015/10/13/holiness-in-daily-tasks-done-out-of-love-seek-find-and-love-god-in-the-little-things-of-each-day/

NO TO BRIBERY, KICKBACKS AND CORRUPTION. DON’T GIVE DIRTY BREAD TO YOUR FAMILY: https://catholicsstrivingforholiness.com/2016/02/07/pope-francis-on-the-unjust-steward-no-to-bribes-kickbacks-and-corruption-dont-give-dirty-bread-to-your-children/

 

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Pope Francis: SALVATION COMES FROM LITTLE THINGS.

Pope Francis. Salvation comes from little Things

Pope Francis
SALVATION COMES FROM LITTLE THINGS.

In his daily morning Mass homily at Santa Marta, Pope Francis reminded the faithful that SALVATION COMES FROM THE SMALL AND SIMPLE THINGS OF GOD. “When Jesus proposed the way of salvation, He never spoke of great things,” but about “little things.” These are “the two pillars of the Gospel,” that we read about in Matthew: the Beatitudes, and in chapter 25, the final Judgment, where Jesus says, “COME, COME WITH ME BECAUSE YOU HAVE DONE THESE THINGS, SIMPLE THINGS.”

Dear friends, HOLINESS IS MADE UP OF MANY LITTLE THINGS OF EACH DAY DONE OUT OF LOVE FOR GOD AND OUR NEIGHBOR: our work well-done, our effort to smile in spite of our tiredness or our lack of sleep, the struggle to be nice to one’s spouse or children after a hard day’s work, an inopportune word not said…and so on. St. Josemaria said: “EVERYTHING IN WHICH WE POOR MEN HAVE A PART — EVEN HOLINESS — IS A FABRIC OF SMALL TRIFLES WHICH, DEPENDING UPON ONE’S INTENTION, CAN FORM A MAGNIFICENT TAPESTRY OF HEROISM OR OF DEGRADATION, OF VIRTUES OR OF SINS (The Way, n. 826).”  “DO YOU REALLY WANT TO BE A SAINT? CARRY OUT THE LITTLE DUTY OF EACH MOMENT: DO WHAT YOU OUGHT AND CONCENTRATE ON WHAT YOU ARE DOING (Ibid., n. 815).”

Let us ask God so that we may take care of the little things of each day done out of Love for many great things depend on our fidelity in the small things of each day. Let us not forget that “BECAUSE YOU HAVE BEEN ‘IN PAUCA FIDELIS,’ FAITHFUL IN SMALL THINGS, COME AND JOIN IN YOUR MASTER’S HAPPINESS. THE WORDS ARE CHRIST’S. ‘IN PAUCA FIDELIS!’… NOW WILL YOU NEGLECT LITTLE THINGS, IF HEAVEN ITSELF IS PROMISED TO THOSE WHO MIND THEM? (Ibid. n. 819)”

Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Fair Love, pray for us!

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See as well: HOLINESS IN DAILY TASKS DONE OUT OF LOVE in https://catholicsstrivingforholiness.com/2015/10/13/holiness-in-daily-tasks-done-out-of-love-seek-find-and-love-god-in-the-little-things-of-each-day/

St. Josemaria dedicated a chapter on “Little Things” in his book, “The Way” which I encourage you wish to bring them to your personal prayer. The link is: http://www.escrivaworks.org/book/the_way-chapter-39.htm

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Salvation comes from the simplicity of the things of God, not from the powerful

The day’s readings spoke about contempt. In the first Reading, Naaman the Syrian, a leper, asked the prophet Elisha to heal him, but could not appreciate the simple means by which this healing would be accomplished. The Gospel spoke of the disdain the inhabitants of Nazareth felt at the words of Jesus, their fellow countryman. It was not “how we thought salvation should be, that salvation we all want.”

Jesus felt the “contempt of the doctors of the Law who sought salvation in moral casuistry,” and in a multitude of precepts. The people, though, did not have faith in them, “or in the Sadducees who sought salvation in compromises with the powers of the world, with the [Roman] Empire. Thus they sought after salvation: the one group, from clerical parties; the other from political parties. But the people did not have confidence in them, they didn’t believe them. Yes, they believed Jesus, He spoke ‘with authority.’ But why this contempt? Because in our imagination, salvation should come from something great, something majestic; only the powerful, those who have strength or money or power, can save us. These people can save us. And the plan of God is different! They felt contempt because they could not understand that SALVATION ONLY COMES FROM THE SMALL THINGS, THE SIMPLICITY OF THE THINGS OF GOD.”

The two pillars of the Gospel that people look down on

“When Jesus proposed the way of salvation,” the Pope continued, “He never spoke of great things,” but about “little things.” These are “the two pillars of the Gospel,” that we read about in Matthew: the Beatitudes, and in chapter 25, the final Judgment, where Jesus says, “Come, come with me because you have done these things, simple things.”

“You did not seek salvation or your hope in power, in political parties, in negotiations. No! You have simply done these things. And so many people look down on this! As a preparation for Easter, I invite you – I’ll do it too – to read the Beatitudes and to read Matthew 25, and to think and to see if there is something I look down on, if something disturbs my peace. Because contempt is a luxury that only the vain and the proud allow themselves. We should see if, at the end of the Beatitudes, Jesus says something” that makes us ask why He said that. “‘Blessed is he who is not scandalized in me,’ who does not look down on these things, who does not feel contempt.”

The folly of the Cross

Pope Francis concluded his homily:

“It would do us good to take some time – today, tomorrow – to read the Beatitudes, to read Matthew 25, and to pay attention to what happens in our heart: if there is some feeling of contempt. And seek grace from the Lord to understand the only path of salvation is ‘the folly of the Cross,’ that is, the Son of God ‘emptying Himself,’ making Himself small, represented here [in the Readings] in the cleansing in the Jordan, or in the small village of Nazareth.”

ARTICLE SOURCE: http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2016/02/29/pope_we_are_not_saved_by_political_or_clerical_parties/1211882

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2nd Sunday After Christmas: GOD IS NEAR TO US, GOD IS WITH US!

2nd SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS

2nd Sunday After Christmas:
GOD IS NEAR TO US, GOD IS WITH US!

Dear friends, today’s Sunday liturgy wishes to remind and encourage us of a very important idea: GOD IS NEAR TO US! HE IS WITH US!

He is not a God who is indifferent with the plight of men, far from them but rather a loving and, merciful and approachable God who did not hesitate to be one like us, assuming our human nature in order to show us how to live our humanity, imbuing it with His Divinity. God does not save us from afar, but rather accompanies us in our journey towards eternal life.

The 3 readings converge on this most important proclamation: GOD-IS-WITH-US who lovingly calls us towards Himself to love Him, imitate His Only-Begotten Son, thus walking along the path of divine filiation, till we reach its plenitude: holiness which is the full identification with Our Lord Jesus Christ.

  • Divine Wisdom inhabited the world in the midst of His people and invites one and all to come and approach Him: ““From the mouth of the Most High I came forth, and mistlike covered the earth. In the highest heavens did I dwell, my throne on a pillar of cloud…Come to me, all you that yearn for me, and be filled with my fruits (cf. Eccl 24:1–4, 8–12).”
  • Jesus, the Divine Wisdom, “the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth (cf. Jn 1:1–18 & Responsorial Psalm).”
  • God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, has chosen us in His son before the foundation of the world “to be holy and without blemish before him. In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ, in accord with the favor of his will, for the praise of the glory of his grace that he granted us in the beloved (cf. Eph 1:3–6, 15–18).”

Let us thank, bless, adore and praise the Most Blessed Trinity, for His Infinite Love manifested in many different ways, in particular, with His closeness and union with us, not only with His Incarnation but also in His Real Presence in the Holy Eucharist whom we can truly receive in our soul in grace and thus be united with Him.

Love seeks union with the beloved and seeks to please Him as well.
We could put this into practice in our daily life, by behaving as real children of God, seeking holiness with the help of His grace in the little things of each day through our struggle to identify ourselves with Our Lord Jesus Christ and imitate Him in our thoughts, words, desires, feelings and actions: in our life!

Almighty ever-living, God, splendor of faithful souls, graciously be pleased to fill the world with your glory and show yourself to all peoples by the radiance of your light (Opening prayer of the Mass).

Wishing you all a Blessed 2016, filled with material and spiritual blessings!

-Fr. Rolly Arjonillo, priest of Opus Dei, CATHOLICS STRIVING FOR HOLINESS. We are also in Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CatholicsstrivingforHoliness. Hope you like our page and invite your friends as well to do so in order to help more people.

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HOLINESS IN DAILY TASKS DONE OUT OF LOVE. Seek, find and love God in the little things of each day!

Holiness and daily duties for love

HOLINESS IN DAILY TASKS DONE OUT OF LOVE

Dear friends, it’s helpful to be reminded once in a while that God awaits for us in each moment during the day to convert all our activities into palpable means of seeking, finding and loving Him, whether at home, at work, at school, at rest, in social gatherings, or even when we’re alone…God is there! It is up to us to find God, the divine in our secular tasks, and to elevate and divinize them by carrying them out the best way we could and with love of God.

St. Josemaria, the instrument God chose to proclaim the universal call to holiness, wrote:

“You must realise now, more clearly than ever, that God is calling you to serve him in and from the ordinary, secular and civil activities of human life. He waits for us everyday, in the laboratory, in the operating theatre, in the army barracks, in the university chair, in the factory, in the workshop, in the fields, in the home and in all the immense panorama of work. Understand this well: there is something holy, something divine hidden in the most ordinary situations, and it is up to each one of you to discover it.” (Passionately Loving the World, n. 52)

“The holiness that Our Lord demands of you is to be achieved by carrying out with love of God your work and your daily duties, and these will almost always consist of small realities.”

Let us live more in God’s presence, convinced that holiness consists in little things done for love of God and let us ask the help of Our Lady and St. Joseph so that making Jesus, −God−, happy shall be the goal of our thoughts, desires, words and actions throughout the entire day.

-Fr. Rolly Arjonillo, priest of Opus Dei, CATHOLICS STRIVING FOR HOLINESS. We are also in Facebook: www.facebook.com/CatholicsstrivingforHoliness. Hope you like our page and invite your friends as well to do so in order to help more people.

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17th Sunday of Ordinary Time: THE MIRACLE OF THE LOAVES AND FISH. LITTLE THINGS

17th Sunday of Ordinary Time. Loaves and fish. Little things

17th Sunday of Ordinary Time:
THE MIRACLE OF THE LOAVES AND FISH. LITTLE THINGS

In the next five Sundays, the Gospel will center around Jesus’ discourse on the “Bread of Life” (Holy Eucharist) found in the Gospel of St. John.

In this Sunday’s readings, the 1st reading, Responsorial Psalm and the Gospel narrate God’s merciful and salvific intervention with the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves:

  1. “ For thus says the Lord, ‘They shall eat and there shall be some left over.’ And when they had eaten, there was some left over, as the Lord had said (2 Kgs 4:44).”
  2. “The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs (Ps 144).”
  3. “Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to those who were reclining, and also as much of the fish as they wanted. When they had had their fill, he said to his disciples, “Gather the fragments left over, so that nothing will be wasted (Jn 6: 11-12.”

IDEAS FOR PERSONAL MEDITATION:

  1. Once more, we have to be convinced of this fact: GOD PROVIDES! Here we see how Jesus is sensitive to the not only to our spiritual but also to the material needs. Out of His merciful love and compassion, He takes the initiative to satisfy the hunger of the multitude who have followed to listen to His teachings.
  1. At the same time, OUR LORD WANTS US TO TRUST HIM in all our apostolic endeavours. He wants us to put all the resources we have on hand, even if we see them as inadequate, as in this case (with just five loaves and two fish) and leave the rest to His Providence for HE COULD TURN OUR MEAGER AND INSUFFICIENT RESOURCES INTO SOMETHING ABUNDANT AND PRODUCTIVE WAY BEYOND OUR IMAGINATION.

“We must, then, have faith and not be dispirited. We must not be stopped by any kind of human calculation. To overcome the obstacles we have to throw ourselves into the task so that the very effort
we make will open up new paths

St. Josemaria, “Christ is Passing By”, 160).

  1. Furthermore, it is worth mentioning that THE MIRACLE WAS CARRIED OUT WITH THE GENEROSITY OF A LITTLE BOY WHO HAD FIVE LOAVES AND TWO FISH.
  • With this, OUR LORD WANTS TO REMIND US TODAY OF THE GREAT VALUE OF LITTLE THINGS IN OUR CHRISTIAN LIFE, IN OUR VOCATION TO HOLINESS. From the human viewpoint, the resources at hand were absolutely insufficient. But God has the power to turn them, as we said, in something exceedingly abundant! And it all started with just that: something little!

Dear friends: HOLINESS IS MADE UP OF THE LITTLE THINGS EACH DAY CARRIED OUT WITH GENEROSITY AND LOVE. Our Lord doesn’t not expect from each one of us great acts of heroism but rather, the heroism in the little things of our daily life done out of love: saying “no” to the manifestations of egoism, laziness, sensuality, vanity, envy, greed…an so forth: all of which are manifestations of our “Yes” to God’s Will.

As St. Josemaria said:

“Do everything for Love. Thus there will be no little things: everything will be big. Perseverance in little things for Love is heroism. A little act, done for Love, is worth so much!

Do you really want to be a saint? Carry out the little duty of each moment: do what you ought and concentrate on what you are doing. For ‘great’ holiness consists in carrying out the ‘little duties’ of each moment. And “great souls pay much attention to little things.”
St. Josemaria, The Way, nn. 813-818.

Knowing all these, LET US ASK THE INTERCESSION OF OUR LADY, ST. JOACHIM AND ST. ANNE, SO THAT WE MAY LEARN TO TRUST MORE IN GOD’S MERCIFUL LOVE, COMPASSION AND PROVIDENCE, GENEROUSLY GIVING AND MAKING USE OF THE MEAGER MEANS WE HAVE WITHIN OUR REACH AND AT THE SAME TIME, VALUE AND DISCOVER GOD IN THE LITTLE THINGS OF EACH DAY, CARRIED OUT OF LOVE.

Happy Feast day of Sts. Joachim and St. Anne to all! Let us pray for our grandparents especially today. God bless you and your loved ones!

-Fr. Rolly Arjonillo, priest of Opus Dei. CATHOLICS STRIVING FOR HOLINESS. We are also in Facebook: www.facebook.com/CatholicsstrivingforHoliness Hope you like our page and invite your friends as well to do so in order to help more people.

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