Oh Jesus, my Love, may my heart be consumed in loving Thee; make me humble and holy; give me childlike simplicity; transform me into thy holy love. O Jesus, life of my life, joy of my soul, God of my heart, accept my heart as an altar, on which I will sacrifice to Thee the gold of ardent charity, the incense of continual, humble and fervent prayer, and the myrrh of constant sacrifices! Amen.
-St. Paul of the Cross
St. Paul of the Cross, with his prayer, shares such beauty. In the words he strung together so many years ago he puts humility, holiness, simplicity, joy, rejoicing, sacrificing, and love together in a way that makes me want to embrace my little ordinary with more fervency, prayer, and joy. Although, I don't think my simplicity or ordinary looked anything like his, I know there are still ways that St. Paul's goodness can help bring this mama some perspective.
|"Look mama! I found a big one!!!"|
This prayer filled with wisdom has shed some light on my today is that he asks for childlike simplicity. There is a beautiful simplicity in my boys. In fact, my tendency to not relish in the simple goodness that surrounds us is part of what can make my days harder than they need to be. If I were to take more time to see the world through their sweet, young eyes, I think my heart would be filled more with the kind of joy that I am constantly trying to live.
|Linus walked up to me and handed me with this. After he placed this little petal in my hand he nodded and walked away. My heart melted. It's the first time he's given me a little flower. So glad I was able to capture this moment.|
May my heart be consumed in loving Thee, St. Paul of the Cross prays. Childlike gestures of love just fill me and teach me. Linus didn't know how incredibly wonderful he would make me feel by doing what he did. He just did it. He picked up this sweet petal and walked over to me. While he was nodding I could here the words It is good. run through my head. It is so good and sweet to give. To love. To share. So glad he did so with me today in this sweetly simple and incredibly special way. Consider me consumed by this sweet gesture. Consumed and praying that I can imitate it in love for my family and Him.
These boys. They teach me about simple, ordinary, goodness every day. And, it is good.
How have the saints or your family ordinarily blessed you today?
Linking up with Gina over at Someday Saints for Embrace the Ordinary.
This is a beautiful reflection. I love the way you broke down the quote and really applied it to your day.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Ann-Marie! The saints are so helpful! They definitely help me find a little bit of Him in my day since, on my own, I miss all. the. things!Delete
Ditto on what Ann-Maria said! This was lovely!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Theresa! Thanks for coming back! :)Delete
Beautiful words! Love that prayer by St. Paul of the cross...thanks for sharing!!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Kelli! I know! I love finding beautiful prayers and words from different saints. They had such a gift of expressing themselves for Him.Delete
So beautiful! It *is* good, isn't it, to find a new perspective in our children's eyes. <3ReplyDelete
Ah, children's eyes! Yes. So much perspective that is so very good!Delete