Posted September 28, 2011:
Ordinary Daily Life

by Catherine Doherty.

It is important to understand that the ordinariness of routine and daily life is the warp and the woof of living the Gospel without compromise.

No part of the Gospel is abstract. Each part demands and cries out for an incarnation. Spirituality must be incarnate, as Jesus Christ was incarnate. Unless it is, it isn’t true spirituality.

First and foremost is love for God. Scripture tells us that we must love God with all our hearts, with all our souls, and with all our hearts and minds. And so we should.

But this doesn’t mean that we spend our whole day in formal prayer. It means that we go about our Father’s business.

A carpenter works with wood. An electrician is concerned with all the things necessary for repairing and installing electrical equipment. Doing the laundry is clothing the naked. The kitchen routine of preparing food is feeding the hungry in the reality of everyday life.

I hope and pray that you, now and in the coming tomorrows, will remember the holiness of little things done well over and over again for the love of God. Every task, routine or not, is of redeeming, supernatural value because we are united with Christ. We must be recollected and stay aware of this truth.

From Grace in Every Season, (2001), January 9, pp. 25-26, available from MH Publications.



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