Each of us is an instrument and only God can play that instrument the most beautiful way, as Fr. Gianni taught us. Or with St Irenaeus we can trustfully believe that the glory of God is the human person fully alive. By all means we should fight against the modern atheist idea that God would be in competition with humanity and praising God would somehow decrease the freedom of humanity.
The beauty of Christian anthropology goes far beyond my comprehension. However, one practical thing that I have learned from St Therese of Lisieux is that in the end of the days, we will be judged according to love. It helps me to not get carried away by doing, by the compulsion “to urge to do great things” and to stop writing up my spiritual CV in my head based on prideful accomplishment. No, no, no… every day we have infinite opportunities to love in small things – done with great love for God. I pray that God would open my eyes to these opportunities and give me the courage to follow up the promptings.
To sum things up, I find it a good spiritual habit to remind myself every morning of the four underlined sentences in this article and I urge to remember them all day every day to my best capability. Some days are better, some are worse and then there are the worst days... However, it helps me to go about my day, whatever it may include, confidently trusting that God will accomplish His plans through me, some times regardless of me! I am where I am so that Christ can be there! How beautiful, I feel honored for been given such an important task. As a curiosity, I delight in the fact that “habit” is also the word for the cloth that a religious person uses. Similar way, we need to cloth our inner selves with good habits.
About the author
Tea was born as a non-practising Lutheran in Raisio. 2009 she moved to Canada seeking the truth in science, but stumbled onto God. He remained her second choice over skiing and orienteering for Sunday activities for years, but finally in 2015 Tea quit her job in Germany, and went off for an adventure with Lord Jesus, found Mother Mary on the way, and has never since looked back. 2016 she was confirmed Catholic at the Madonna House Apostolate in Ontario. Later God convinced her to stay in Finland after spending some months at Stella Maris and finding there a new spiritual home; physically she currently resides in Helsinki.