"Something great and new: Love"

"Let me stress this point: it is in the simplicity of your ordinary work, in the monotonous details of each day, that you have to find the secret, which is hidden from so many, of something great and new: Love." (Furrow, 489)

Anything done out of love is important, however small it might appear. God has come to us, even though we are miserable creatures, and he has told us that he loves us: “My delight is to be among the sons of men." Our Lord tells us that everything is valuable — those actions which from a human point of view we regard as extraordinary and those which seem unimportant. Nothing is wasted. No man is worthless to God. All of us are called to share the kingdom of heaven — each with his own vocation: in his home, his work, his civic duties and the exercise of his rights. (Christ is Passing By, 44, 1)

How many mothers have you known who have been the heroines of some epic or extraordinary event? Few, very few. Yet you and I know many mothers who are indeed heroic, truly heroic, who have never figured in anything spectacular, who will never hit the headlines, as they say. They lead lives of constant self-denial, happy to curtail their own likes and preferences, their time, their opportunities for self-expression or success, so that they can carpet their children's lives with happiness. (Friends of God, 134, 2)

Have you seen how that imposing building was built? One brick upon another. Thousands. But, one by one. And bags of cement, one by one. And blocks of stone, each of them insignificant compared with the massive whole. And beams of steel. And men working, the same hours, day after day...

Have you seen how that imposing building was built?... By dint of little things! (The Way, 823)

That big young man wrote to me saying: "My ideal is so great that only the sea could contain it.'' I answered: "And what about the Tabernacle, which is so 'small'; and the 'common' workshop of Nazareth?''

It is in the greatness of ordinary things that He awaits us! (Furrow, 486)

"When Herod heard this,'' (that the King had come to this earth), "he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.''

This is an every day occurrence. We see the same thing happening now. In the face of God's greatness, which shows itself in a thousand ways, there are always some people–sometimes even in positions of authority–who are troubled. It's because they do not love God; because they have no real wish to meet him; because they don't want to follow his inspirations, and so they become obstacles in God's path.

Be forewarned; carry on working and don't worry. Seek the Lord and pray — he will triumph. (The Forge, 248)

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