I am not going far back into the archives for today's 'Revisiting Wednesday' - only to this past January. I ran across this yesterday, just when I needed some encouragement...
I have been looking (here)
into our calls to be heroes of the faith in our everyday lives.
Little you and little me: heroes of the faith.
Throughout history, there have been those who actually could imagine
such possibilities. St. Therese, the little flower who practiced a very
little way, wrote "already God sees us in glory and takes joy in our
eternal beatitude. How this thought helps my soul!"
This thought helps my soul too, as does the realization that Therese was
not always a great saint. From most accounts, she was a willful little
girl given to occasional tantrums. But of course, that was in her
youth. What about those of us who carried our willfulness and rebellion
all the way into adulthood? Is there any hope for us?
There was hope for a man named Augustine, even as he was pleading "Lord,
make me chaste - but not yet!" Anyone who heard him say these words
would be unlikely to think "now, that
is a saint."
But there was hope. There is always hope.
''To him who still remains in this world, no repentance is too late. The approach to God's mercy is open." (St.Cyprian)
"In the moment of temptation think of the Love that awaits you in heaven: foster the virtue of hope." (St. Josemaria Escriva)
We are all called to be with God in heaven, for all eternity. We are
invited to begin (or to begin anew), answering that call at this very
We were created to be more than just nice people, more than
folks who are fun to be around. We are called and graced by God to become true heroes of the faith.
Little you and little me.
This is a repost from our archives. It is linked to Reconciled to You and Theology is a Verb for 'It's Worth Revisiting Wednesday.
© 2015 N Shuman
Painting: Olga Boznańska, 1898, in US public domain due to age