MEDITATION OF THE DAY
O the depths of the riches of wisdom and of the knowledge of God. Today, my heart stands in love and awe before these great words of Saint Paul. The thought comes to me not to wonder that I love you, but to marvel that you love me. As the mystery of your love unfolds before me in the Incarnation, the Redemption, I realize more and more my utter nothingness. What am I? Just clay, dust. Yet, through your love, I am God-like. I am a God-bearer.
O Jesus, Lord and Master, I fall at your feet and adore you with all the love and the power of my soul. I am yours to do with as you please. Teach me to see your will in all events. Teach me as you have taught the bee to gather honey from flowers. Teach me to gather your pleasure in all things that befall me. Make me realize that, far from being a source of misery, humiliation, persecution, gossip, revilement and misunderstandings are but opportunities to share your Passion, avenues of sacrifice and merit.
I have made my choice. I want to be wherever you are. I want to follow you to the end. Yes, I know your end was Calvary; your way was the Way of the Cross. It will also be mine. I know that, alone, I cannot make it, for all comes from you, all goes through you, and all leads to your glory. So humbly and simply I ask, “Take my hands and lead me.” It is you who have put the desire to follow you into my heart. It is to you that I turn when the cross you have chosen for me seems too heavy. It is to you I look when, bruised and bleeding, I cannot walk any more. Here I am, O Most Holy Trinity—in my nothingness and unworthiness, your fool, your child—yours to do with as you please. I need your help; alone I cannot do anything. I love you. I adore you.
Servant of God Catherine de Hueck Doherty
Catherine de Hueck Doherty († 1985) was born in Russia and was the foundress of Madonna House in Combermere, Canada. [From O Jesus: Prayers from the Diaries of Catherine de Hueck Doherty. © 1996, Madonna House Publications, Combermere, Ontario, Canada. www.madonnahouse.org. Used with permission.]