10 May 2011 ~ 0 Comments

The Monastery Of Parenting

Just read this as I was hanging out with Jesus this morning:

Joy or sadness, war or peace, love or hate, purity of impurity, charity or greed, all are tremendous realities which are the hinges of our interior life.  Everyday things, relationships with other people, daily work, love of our family – all these may breed saints.

Jesus at Nazareth taught us to live every hour of the day as saints.  Every hour of the day is useful and may lead to divine inspiration, the will of the father, the prayer of contemplation – holiness.  Every hour of the day is holy.  What matters is to live it as Jesus taught us.

And for this one does not have to shut oneself in a monastery or fix strange and inhumane regimes for one’s life.  It is enough to accept the realities of life.  Work is one of these realities; motherhood, the rearing of children, family life with all it’s obligations are others.

-From Letters From The Desert by Carlo Carletto

Most of us are not on the front lines, fighting poverty and living in third world countries.
Of course, this doesn’t absolve us from caring or doing what we can to make a difference.
But God has given you a job.
Or he’s given you a wife, kids, friends, family.
He’s put you somewhere in the world.
And he wants to use what we see as the mundane and redeem those minutes to make us more like Him.
He wants to use our jobs to bring beauty and meaning into the world.
He wants to use our parenting to grow us and to give us the opportunity to be disciplers.

Funny, when my kids are flippin out and I want to strangle them, I rarely think of those times as redeemable by God.  But God is using those little rugrats up there in my life.  That’s one of the calls on my life right now.
How is God using the mundane to make you more holy – more like him – today?

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