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September 18, 2018

Dear Family of Mary!

“Love changes everything; it makes most beautiful also that which, without love, seems insignificant to you.That is why, anew, I am saying to you that you must love a lot if you desire to grow spiritually…” (September 2, 2018)

“Love changes everything…” I think that when we love, it is like putting on special glasses. Through these special glasses we can see everything differently. We see the gifts that are pouring out upon us, gifts of love, of kindness, peace, support, hope, beauty, and on and on. Love changes the way we see everything.

Now think of God. He has told us that He is love itself. How do we recognize this? Here is a quote from Mother Teresa of Calcutta. She could see God’s love everywhere:

“God made the world for the delight of human beings– if we could see His goodness everywhere, His concern for us, His awareness of our needs: the phone call we’ve waited for, the ride we are offered, the letter in the mail, just the little things He does for us throughout the day. As we remember and notice His love for us, we just begin to fall in love with Him because He is so busy with us — you just can’t resist Him. I believe there’s no such thing as luck in life, it’s God’s love, it’s His.” Mother Teresa

https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/838305.Mother_Teresa 

Mother Teresa had eyes that recognized love. She could spot it a mile away. God’s love was evident to her in even the smallest things. The sunrise, a moment of silence, a kind gesture from a family member, a hug when it is not expected. These are all gifts from God. (She must have had those special glasses!)

As Our Lady told us: Love changes everything; it makes most beautiful also that which, without love, seems insignificant to you.” Those little signs of love are all around us, but without love in our hearts, we won’t see them. They will be insignificant. Love changes the way we see everything. When we have love, when we love others, love ourselves and love most of all, God, then we see love everywhere. We begin to see that God is pouring out His love on us. Nothing is insignificant when we love and know that we are loved.

I often experience little acts of love from my grandchildren. Many of them are very little. But I receive so much love from them. A hug. A smile. An invitation to go with them on a walk, or to read a book. A call for help, which is a big honor to receive from a little one. All these things would be insignificant to a stranger. But to Grandma, they are much more than a million dollars. They are little windows into heaven.

So, as Our Lady says, love changes everything. And God is very busy loving us, though we may not notice most of the time. Mother Teresa is right, He is very busy with us, loving us non-stop. If only we could love enough to see Him doing it!

“That is why, anew, I am saying to you that you must love a lot if you desire to grow spiritually!” The more we practice love, the better we will be at recognizing it all around us!

In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
Cathy Nolan

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