Monday, July 21, 2008

"Like Flowers at the Foot of the Cross"...

Wildflowers spring up in Oregon's high desert. The hillside
with the wildflowers looks exactly like the terrain and plants of our
own little country road in the high desert (but we have some trees).
(Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

I'm rereading Frances de Sale's Introduction to the Devout Life for my quiet time reading, and before starting it again, I browsed through, looking at my old underlinings and margin notes. I ran across a favorite passage from the book-- sweet in its simplicity-- and I wanted to post it here:

"...practice those little, humble virtues which grow like flowers at the foot of the cross: helping the poor, visitng the sick, and taking care of your family, with all the tasks that go with such things and with all that useful diligence which will not let you stand idle...

"Great opportunities to serve God rarely present themselves but little ones are frequent. Whoever will be 'faithful over a few things' will be placed 'over many' says the Savior. 'Do all things in the name of God,' and you will do all things well. Provided you know how to fulfill your duties properly, then 'whether you eat or drink,' whether you sleep or take recreation or turn the spit, you will profit greatly in God's sight by doing all these things because God wishes you to do them."

Something else I really want to share was written by one of my favorite bloggers, Elizabeth Foss, at Real Learning. (She is the author of the down-to-earth, Charlotte Mason-style book called Real Learning: Education in the Heart of the Home.) Elizabeth is a seasoned homeschooler and a wise woman, and her message in this post (link below) is challenging and very important. It's actually something I've thought about a lot over the years, and I don't think it's at all unrelated to the de Sale's passage above:

I Was a Better Mother Before the Internet

Much prayer will help us to discern if we are "fulfilling our duties properly." Then, whether we eat or sleep or take recreation or turn the spit or go on the internet, we can have peace and joy that we are living a life of glory to God and practicing virtues that will "grow like flowers at the foot of the cross."