Another #SmallSuccess filled week – if we look hard enough. Small successes and blessings are important to remember, count up and count on to get you through the hard times.
From CatholicMom.com: List three things you are grateful for this week: victories over minutia, victories over the big stuff, blessings which you have received which reveal the breathing presence of God’s grace in your life. Then ask a friend to come and participate too.
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Here we go!
1. This week, I received a new rosary. It arrived on Monday. This rosary is quite special as it is a third class relic. In the center it contains soil from the burial grounds of my confirmation saint, St. Thérèse de Lisieux. When I came into the Catholic Church I chose her because I needed to become LOVE in the domestic church of my home, just as she longed to be LOVE for the Catholic Church as a whole. St. Thérèse de Lisieux (or of the Little Way) gave me courage to sacrifice the smallest things to help me be holier, to help my marriage, to help my husband see why I needed my faith. With her intercession, it was easier for me to carry this cross. After I came into the faith, I didn’t call on her as much as I did. And now, she is calling me. So this rosary…is a real blessing to me and will be for the rest of my life. This is not just any rosary, to be sure.
2. Remember I received the rosary Monday. On my way home from a particularly exhausting day at work, I was looking down as I walked toward the car. I was thinking about the evening ahead, with my children and husband who has been having a difficult and very stressful time at work. When that happens, he’s just so unhappy – and that makes me unhappy. While I used to be unhappy because I would be upset that he wasn’t “fun” to be around, this changed. I am now unhappy because I don’t want him to hurt. I don’t want him to be upset or sad, stressed or angry. I know I can’t control what others feel, but I think this is more the growth of compassion for another because Jesus is in them. As I came to this realization in that short walk to the car, I took a deep breath and thought I would be the light in the home that night – even if I was tired, even if I didn’t think I had the energy. I prayed through the intercession of St. Thérèse of the Little Way to show me little ways to be that light, to be that love of my domestic church. With the next steps I took, I saw something in the mulch, it didn’t look like it was moving, so it wasn’t a bug (gross). I bent down to pick it up and it was this.
Yes, that’s a silver bracelet of roses, with St. Thérèse on the other side. She was with me. She’d heard me and was really with me. Remember, I had that rosary waiting at home. I did run in and bring the bracelet in to the lost and found at security. Could you imagine being the person who’d lost their Little Queen (as her father called her).
3. On Monday night, is #RCIA night. I am on the team and am the intercessory prayer coordinator. This means that I coordinate with the other groups at our parish to pray for the #RCIA candidates. I also ensure that someone from the team is praying in the chapel in front of the Blessed Sacrament for them for an hour during the two hour class time. While my responsibilities don’t include praying for them myself, I do – whenever I pray. On this particular evening, we were talking about the saints. Go figure, one of the four saints chosen, St. Thérèse. What a blessed Monday indeed.
St. Thérèse, Pray for us!
What are your successes this week? I know you have some! Leave a comment here or blog about it and link up!
Have a peaceful Thursday.
P.S. Every time you see her name in this post, I have linked to a different site to get to know more about this wonderful saint and doctor of the Church.