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’ve all done it from time to time – had a spat with someone and refused to let go – but when these “spats” go on for years, and are based in much more than a simple misunderstanding, how do we let go and bring our families back together again?
In the spiritual realm, there’s almost nothing worse than dry prayer. You spend your whole prayer time either besieged by distractions or struggling to string together two good thoughts. Who would ever think this disturbing situation could be a sign of greater things to come?
“God does not despise these hidden struggles with ourselves, so much richer in merit because they are unseen. By our little acts of charity practiced in the shade we convert souls far away, we help missionaries, we win for them abundant alms, and by that means, build actual dwellings both spiritual and material for our Eucharistic Lord.”
My whole strength lies in prayer and sacrifice, these are my invincible arms; they can move hearts far better than words. I know it by experience.
St. Therese of Lisieux, Story of a Soul Read the rest…
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…
From the earliest times, the history of the Church is studded with appearances of the Blessed Virgin Mary. One such apparition happened when Our Lady appeared to three shepherd children in the small hamlet of Cova da Iria in Fatima, Portugal. Read the rest…