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The chick or the eagle?


Without ambitious people the world would never get up. They are busybodies who are about early in the morning, hammering, shouting, and rattling the fire-irons, and rendering it generally impossible for the rest of the house to remain in bed.

Idle Thoughts From an Idle Fellow, Jerome Klapka Jerome

I love this quote because it is really true. Usually I am content simply to admire the ambitious people in my life. But every once in awhile, they go and light a fire under my boiler and compel me to go and do something, that I wouldn’t have been inclined to do otherwise; and generally I am very glad that they did.

One of the saints who seems to me to typify this spirit of ambition is St. Josemaria Escriva. However, sometimes his “Way” seems to be in conflict with the “Little Way” of another saint I admire, St. Therese of Lisieux.

Some time back, after thinking about this for some days, I accosted Michael at his computer.

     “Which is it supposed to be, then?” I asked. “Am I supposed to rest like a child in the arms of my loving Father, or am I supposed to soar like an eagle rather than flap like a barnyard fowl?”

     “Well,” he said mildly, looking up. “It’s both. You know that.”

Bless them – my husband and the Church, and their hard sayings and paradoxes.

This Lent I plan to read The Way, The Furrow, and The Forge and Story of a Soul back to back, and see if I get any light on the subject.

Thoughts from a “little” saint

‘Remaining little’ means – to recognize one’s nothingness, to await everything from the Goodness of God, to avoid being too much troubled at our faults; finally, not to worry over amassing spiritual riches, not to be solicitous about anything . . .

My patrons and my special favorites in Heaven are those who, so to speak, stole it, such as the Holy Innocents and the Good Thief.  The great Saints won it by their works; I wish to be like the thieves and to win it by stratagem – a stratagem of love which will open its gates both to me and to poor sinners.  In the Book of Proverbs the Holy Ghost encourages me, for He says; ‘Come to me, little one, to learn subtlety.’

See, St. Therese would like ninjas!  Provided they were holy ninjas.  Happy feast of St. Therese of Lisieux.  You can download St. Therese’s Story of a Soul for free from the internet; the text is here, and an audio version is here.

Glory dwelling in our land

St. Therese said, I have read, “A God who became so small could only be mercy and love.”  One of the saving graces of growing up in rural Minnesota, I’ve found, is that, in spite of all the damage to God’s image in my mind that faulty catechesis, my own broken receivers, and the general machinations of the evil one could do, yet I know that the God who made this land must be a lover of beauty, restoration, and peace.

This picture falls so short of the beauty of the view!  I guess that is a little metaphor in itself.

This picture falls so short of the beauty of the view! I guess that is a little metaphor in itself.