“We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were
obliged to do.” Luke 17:10
Mother Teresa of Calcutta, our newest Saint, chose the name of “Teresa” because she was inspired by how Saint Therese did ordinary things with extraordinary love. Both of these women show us the little way of humbly letting ourselves be used by God in little things so as to achieve great things by means of God’s love.
Saint Teresa of Calcutta explains it far better than I can:
“Always be faithful in little things because our strength is to be found in them. Nothing is too small for God. He does not mean anything to diminish. All things are infinite for Him. Practice fidelity in the tiniest things, not for their own sake but because of that great thing we call the will of God… for which I myself have infinite respect.
Don’t look for spectacular deeds. We should deliberately give up any desire to see the results of our work, only carry out what we are able to do as best we can, and leave the rest in God’s hands. What matters is your gift of self, the amount of love you put into each of your actions.
Don’t give in to discouragement when confronted with failure so long as you have done your best. Turn away from praise, too, when you succeed. Offer everything back to God with deepest gratitude. If you feel demoralized it is a sign of pride, showing you how much faith you place in your own strength. Don’t worry any more about what other people think. Be humble and nothing will ever upset you. The Lord has bound me where I am; he is the one who will unbind me.
I know God will not give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish He wouldn’t trust me so much.”
~ Saint Teresa of Calcutta