Any Paul Simon fans out there? This opening of this song has been in my head for a little over a week. I have felt myself slip, sliding away from being the person I strive to be. So many blessings and gifts around me, and
yet I feel I am losing traction.
Having a baby is such a grace filled time there is no doubt. There is simply nothing like a new baby. However, where the Devil sees happiness, he redoubles his strength, laying even more
traps. Sadly, time for another true confession, I have allowed myself to fall prey too often over these couple weeks and have not been the holy mother and wife God is calling me to be. I always say, the baby is the easy part, Thomas is so
sweet. The struggle lies with teenagers filled with attitude, toddlers testing the waters with tantrums, and on an on.
Given, this is all exacerbated by lack of sleep, a body healing, and being completely out of the normal routine.
But these are all excuses in the end. I have no one to blame but myself. The wooden beam is fairly large in my eye, best focus on that.
Despite my failings, I continued to ask God for help. God never
fails. At the end of last week, we had a speaker come to GA and it felt as if God was speaking right to me through her. Her name was Susan Conroy. She went to see Mother Teresa at 21 in Calcutta and ended up working with her for 11 years. She worked
intimately with this saint, and shared with us her experiences and the simple wisdom shared with her over the years. I am going to share in this blog just some highlights that encouraged me. All of the quotes are from St. Mother Teresa.
“Do everything for the Glory of God and for the good of souls.” Every small act in my day is a chance to give glory to God. I need to seize these opportunities.
All we need is, “Hands to serve and a heart to love.”
If you wanted to work with Mother Teresa she expected you to, “come with a smile and
joy.” Mom needs to work on being less cranky at times!
“Without Christ I can do nothing. With Christ I can do anything.” When I fall, it is always by myself.
If I had taken the moment to look to Christ, he could have helped me. In the midst of the temptation, I need to take that moment to ask for His help.
“My Jesus, I believe
in your tender love for me.” Despite my sinfulness and shortcomings, knowing Christ’s love for me should be a great comfort. It should also inspire me to respond to that love with love.
“One, one, one.” I can only do one thing at a time. Though the tasks seem endless, I can only focus on the one before me, do it with love, and only then move to the next. This is a BIG one for me.
“You did it to me.” Matthew 25:40. These five words were central to St. Mother Teresa’s spirituality. Everything I say to those around me, everything thing I
do, I am doing to Christ. Do I treat all those around me with the love He deserves?
Finally, St. Mother Teresa drew her strength from daily reception of the Eucharist and prayer before
the Blessed Sacrament. This is where I must go in my weakness.
Thank you for the pep talk God. I needed it. St. Mother Teresa, pray for us! JMJ
If you are interested
in reading about Susan’s life and experience, checkout https://www.susanconroy.com . All proceeds go to charity.