There seems to be a dilemma in the spiritual life. We want to do great things for God, but we are caught up in the little tasks of everyday life. We think holiness must wait until some future time: when the kids are grown up, when the job is less demanding, when we retire, when we can go on retreat. But if, as Vatican II taught, holiness is meant for everyone, shouldn’t it be accessible in every circumstance? How can we become holy now?
Although some saints have been
martyrs, missionaries, or miracle workers, others have been parents,
kings and queens, businessmen, and even children. How did they become
great? Through “abandonment to divine providence” as Fr. Jeanne-Pierre
de Caussade called it.
Don’t let the big words confuse you. This
is simply the “Little Way” of St. Therese of Lisieux, who said that even
when she picked an object off the floor, she did it out of love for
God. Likewise, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta said, “We must do little
things with great love.” This practice has also been called “the
sacrament of the present moment.”
Continue reading about the Little Way.