Whenever I go to the chapel, I put myself in the presence of our good Lord, and I say to Him, ‘Lord, I am here.  Tell me what you would have me to do.’  And then, I tell God everything that is in my heart.  I tell him about my pains and my joys, and then I listen.  If you listen, God will also speak to you.

St. Catherine Labouré

Active Mercy

“This gets me thinking that homemakers, like my sister who cook for their families are themselves putting mercy into action by giving food to the hungry and drink to the thirsty.  They may not realize they’re doing a work of mercy, but they are, and it’s important that they recognize it.  So many of our actions can be transformed from what seems like meaningless labor into acts of love – if we consciously choose to make them so.  In other words, every day, each one of us has a choice:  Will I do my work mindlessly and grudgingly, or will I do it out of love?”

Excerpted from “Active Mercy” by Fr. Michael Gaitley. MIC.  This is in a chapter in the book entitled, “Beautiful Mercy: Experiencing God’s Unconditional Love,“ which is published by Dynamic Catholic.

I used to pray that God would feed the hungry, or do this or that, but now I pray that he will guide me to do whatever I am supposed to do, what I can do.  I used to pray for answers, but now I am praying for strength.  I used to believe that prayer changes things.  Now I know that prayer changes us and we change things.

Mother Teresa

Lent is not just a time of self-deprivation; it is also a time for correcting one’s path, for rectifying one’s intentions.  This, perhaps, is the best spiritual exercise that we can do during Lent.

Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap, Preacher to the Papal Household