I’ve always loved reading about the history of religion and its sacred, foundational elements. A couple years ago, I remember asking my mother for some old historical Christian literature. I knew she probably had some, and I figured that it was probably only Catholic, but I really didn’t care. She did find me a couple of very ancient looking books, including a more colorful one geared towards little kids that was actually written by a priest. Father Lovasik, S.V.D, compiled a rudimentary, informative book of saints that I was so excited to find. And you know what, I actually managed to gain a few “life lessons” from this little, beat-up book, concerning morals and how to maintain them.
Here’s an excerpt:
Saint Louise De Marillac
Louise was born on August 15, 1591. Her husband died thirteen years after their marriage, leaving Louise with a son. St. Vincent de Paul was her confessor. He gathered groups of men and women to help the poor and the sick in each parish. With the help of Louise he began the Order of Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul to help poor and sick people. They worked in the streets and hospitals. Louise was not well, yet she worked hard to help the poor and sick. She was very kind and humble. She said to her Sisters: “Be diligent in serving the poor. Love the poor, honor them, my children, as you would honor Christ Himself.”
Louise died on March 15, 1660. Her community is one of the largest of the Orders of Sisters in the Catholic Church.
– pg. 11, Book of Saints Part 4. By Father Lovasik S.V.D. Publication date not available.
This was so beautiful, and so simple. I just loved this little story, and I got so much out of it! I am absolutely not saying that you need to be Catholic to appreciate this, or that you should be, I’m not trying to plug Catholicism by any means; I’m not even sure how I wholeheartedly feel about Catholicism at the end of the day. And I know deep down in my heart that that’s okay. The reason I loved this little story is that it showed me that God is in all of us. It’s just yet another piece of evidence that shows us that the God of our understanding really does seem to be in all of us, and by learning that notion, it can totally assist you in your willingness to surrender to God. Most importantly, however, it can actually make you a happier person.
When someone first told me that God exists in all of us, and “to do with that what I wish,” it was spellbinding. It was a strong sentiment as I didn’t know exactly what to do with it, but the statement did sound promising to me. Well, I’ve learned that you don’t have to do anything with that statement. It’s so simple. Knowing that God is everywhere, and there is even some God in all of US, well, it really restored my faith in humanity at a time when it was waning.
God bless you!