Strive always to preserve freedom of spirit, so that you need do nothing with the view of pleasing the world, and that no fear of displeasing it will have power to shake your good resolutions.
Venerable Louis de Blois
I have been pondering a few quotes from two women with beautiful hearts, who were doers and respected dignity for all. For me, the above quote is a favoured and inspiring one from St. Mary MacKillop. It’s a short and simple sentence and yet it says so much. How quick can we be to judge and criticise people for anything at all? How often would we stop to think about whether those we’re criticising are in some kind of need?
There’s a story of Mary MacKillop, seeing a woman sitting in the gutter went and sat with her. A companion of Mary MacKillop had assumed the woman was drunk but Mary sat in the gutter with the her and discovered that the woman needed help as she was ill. Mary then helped her to a chemist where she could get assistance.
Anything that Mary did she did because she also believed that
God gives me strength for what is necessary.
Here are some beautiful words from another doer – Mother Teresa tells us,
- God doesn’t require us to succeed, he only requires that you try.
- Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.
- If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
- Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.
I love the above quotes from Mother Teresa. We may not be able to help everyone at all times but even doing the smallest thing could be the greatest thing we do for someone. It could become quite contagious once we begin.
More information on the great Aussie battler and overcomer Mary MacKillop can be found here.
More information on the merciful and compassionate Mother Teresa can be found here.
You are where you are for a reason; and if you did not choose to be there or were not meant to be there try to see it as a sidetrack to where you’re meant to be – an added experience, a learning of something new in your life, the dawning of an idea or piece of knowledge you never held before, or an opportunity to share your gifts – to help, assist, learn. Wherever we are at any given point in time strive to be the best you can – as a person at work, home or with family, friends, neighbours, acquaintances and strangers.
Bloom where you are planted – it will be for the benefit of many … and also for you. For wherever you are becomes a step towards where you’re meant to be.
Truly charity has no limit; for the love of God has been poured into our hearts by His Spirit dwelling in each one of us, calling us to a life of devotion and inviting us to bloom in the garden where He has planted and directing us to radiate the beauty and spread the fragrance of His Providence.
St. Francis de Sales