The Widow’s Mite by Tissot (photo credit: Wikimedia Commons).
I was thinking recently about St. Therese and Judgment Day. Therese
wanted to stand before God with “empty hands.” As part of her plan to
trust in God rather than in her merits, she chose to give away all her
spiritual goods. She offered them to God, not for herself, but for
others. She left herself spiritually poor and naked. Then she was able
to focus, not on her acts of virtue and self-denial, but on the merits
of Jesus. She believed that, seeing her with no works on which to be
judged, God would apply Jesus’ works to her account. Thus, her
confidence was in Jesus alone.
Following St. Therese, when I make a
sacrifice, accept the trials and disappointments of my day, or act
virtuously, I picture myself handing a plain brown box to the Blessed
Virgin Mary. This is my gift for the Infant Jesus. Mary takes the
package and wraps it splendidly with her love and virtues. Then she
passes it on to her Son, and He distributes it as He sees fit.