It may have something to do with my namesake, and it is definitely in spite of my renouncement of the catholic religion after a young upbringing within the faith, but I have always loved St. Theresa. I’ve always felt a little like her. Wanted to emulate those fine qualities she represented.
Saint Theresa is known as the Saint of the Little Ways. Meaning she believed in doing the little things in life well and with great love. She is also the patron Saint of flower growers and florists. She is represented by roses.
If we complete simple tasks with complete presence of mind on a daily basis, and with the intent that no matter how menial, it is done with our personal excellence, we shall find a sense of peace in completing mundane tasks, chores and responsibilities. In fact, you may almost begin to relish those moments completing something so regular that you nearly don’t have to think about how it is done, but just simply witness yourself taking part in an action that results in completion. And sometimes our greatest gifts, that ultimately result in our own sense of great joy, come from doing for someone else something so simple that we take for granted there could possibly be value or appreciation from another in the task. And of course it goes without saying, that no gift is more simple or great than the act of expressing love to someone.
Whether I practice Catholicism or not anymore, I’ve always loved the St. Theresa’s prayer. I don’t pray it TO her as any good catholic would, but instead say it almost like a poem or mantra. It always brings me a little peace and calm. In a time of year when we are all hurried and chaotic, I thought I would share it with you. May you find a little peace today!
May today there be peace within. May you trust God that you are exactly where you are meant to be. May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith. May you use those gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.. May you be content knowing you are a child of God…. Let this presence settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and