Hello, everyone! I am so glad to finally be writing to all of you again. I know it has only been a couple of weeks since I have last written to you, but already so much has happened. As I reflect on this time, looking back on my experiences, it is beautiful to see the ways in which God has worked in my life. It is in the busyness of the everyday routine that God’s abundant graces are to be found, constantly bringing us closer to His heart. And often times, precisely because I am so busy, it is easy for me to forget that He is ever-present. However, no matter how forgetful I become, He remains, patiently working through what appears to be even the most insignificant changes of life.
After writing my last blog, the days really began to fly by. Before I knew it, I was once again back in the college routine. Between classes, studying, and working here in the Admissions Office, I can hardly find the time to “stop and smell the roses,” if you know what I mean. Although every semester is radically different from the one that followed before, I seem to inevitably fall into a busy lifestyle, no matter what my schedule is. Sometimes, I find myself so caught up in trying to get to the weekend, that I allow the days of the week to simply pass me by. So, in an effort to really live in the present moment, I have found it helpful to focus my efforts on one small goal. During these past couple of weeks, I have been trying to focus on the beauty to be found in simplicity.
It is important to remember that it is in even the smallest of things that we are able to give glory to God. Now, I know we hear this all the time, but really, when you begin to put this into practice, you would be surprised to see the fruits it can bring. When I begin to feel insignificant in my routine, as if going to classes, working and studying is not important, I remind myself of this beauty found in the little things. As St. Therese of Lisieux reminds us, we become saints not by doing what the world considers to be great and important, but by “doing little things with great love.” So, in recognition of this truth, I began to allow it to penetrate the smallest areas of my life. I began to be thankful for the incredible privilege it is to study here at Franciscan University. Instead of grumbling as I rolled out of bed for my eight o’clock classes, I tried to put on a smile, thanking God that my hazelnut coffee was already brewing in the pot. And even though I am struggling to understand Russell’s Theory of Descriptions in my class on Analytic and Contemporary Philosophy, I began to focus not on the parts that were confusing to me, but on the concepts that I did understand. Whenever the sun decided to show its face, I allowed it to warm my heart, not knowing when it would disappear again. And for all of you Giants fans out there, I celebrated the moment Tom Brady was sacked, solidifying the Giants’ victory in the Super Bowl!
But on a more serious note, I encourage all of you to really focus on the small things for this upcoming week. Try to offer a smile when a negative comment or small complaint would be much easier. Although we may easily slip into routine, don’t forget that it is through the little things in life that God enters our hearts. He never misses an opportunity to love us. And for this, we ought to be truly grateful. I’ll be praying for you, so don’t forget to send a prayer or two this way.
Until next time,
Hello, everyone! My name is Angela, and I am a junior here at Franciscan University. I am a Theology and Philosophy major, minoring in Human Life studies, and I am excited to write blogs for Franciscan University. I hope to give all of you a unique first-hand perspective on life here at the University.