Helen Keller with Anne Sullivan in 1888 (Photo courtesy of Wikicommons)
By Ellen Mongan
“I long to accomplish a great and noble task, but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks, as if they were great and noble.” Who do you think said that? St. Therese, the little flower of Jesus? St. Teresa of Calcutta? St. Teresa of Avila? No! The correct answer is Helen Keller.
We have had quite a bit of interest in our upcoming series of webinars on prayer which will take place on Tuesday evenings at 8:00 p.m. EST beginning August 7 and running through September 11. People are wondering if they can skip a class, where they will get their homework assignments, how they will connect to the webinar, etc. The following will answer some of these questions.
“It is amusing to see souls who, while they are at prayer, fancy they are willing to be despised and publicly insulted for the love of God, yet afterwards do all they can to hide their small defects; if anyone unjustly accuses them of a fault, God deliver us from their outcries!“
“Since you possess our Lord in person after Holy Communion, endeavor to close the eyes of the body, and, opening, those of the soul, look into your heart. In proportion to your desire to contemplate [our Lord], He will manifest Himself to you in many ways.”
“If you immediately become preoccupied with distracting affairs, and give no heed to Him Who is within you, how can He make Himself known to your soul? The time of which I am speaking, namely, immediately after Holy Communion, is a particularly opportune time. It is then that the Master personally teaches you. Listen to Him.”
“Do not waste the hour after Holy Communion, which provides you with so favorable an opportunity for acquainting Him with your interests. Realize that this time is very precious for the soul. It can profit by these moments to glorify the good Jesus in a wonderful way. Remain in His company. Take special care not to lose Him.”
“What do you think His will is? The Lord asks of us only two things: love of His Majesty and love of our neighbor. These are what we must work for. By keeping them with perfection, we do His will and so will be united with Him.”
St. Teresa of Avila shows us it is never too late to get serious about our prayer life. Born Dona Teresa Sanchez Cepeda Davila y Ahumada, Teresa was an active child with a big imagination and great sensitivity of heart. Little Teresa and her brother Roderigo were intrigued by the lives of the saints and the martyrs, and often sought to imitate their holy example. Read the rest…