Today, our girls and I started back to the business of education and finishing up our school year. I love my eldest daughter for her love of planning and mapping out her school weeks as opposed to her younger sister, who despises the mere mention of planning. Anyway, after all our decisions, both girls set out to complete their daily assignments.
Lunch was next and then I decided to add an extra catechist moment. I used to receive the magazine "Catechist" which was full of ideas and teaching tips and resources on which to pass on the faith to the younger generation. I kept most of them in the same regards as I keep most of my "Southern Living" and "Sew Beautiful" magazines. These mags' seem to never go out of style. In the March 2000, Vol 33, No.6 issue of Catechist was the article "How to Be a Living Alleluia: Easter Lessons from Dorothy Kazel" What a story. I read it to my girls and found the most revealing, and at the same time, obvious message within this story of heroic and saintly service leading to martyrdom. It's this: Sr. Dorothy Kazel wrote in her journal, "The more you love Jesus and the more open you are with him - the more lovable and beautiful all the rest of mankind becomes." Oh gee, sounds simple, doesn't it? Yet, this is exactly how St. Mother Theresa loved the poor, sick, dirty and downtrodden. Not by looking at them directly, but through the love she had for Jesus. With this love, one can do anything!
Sr. Kazel, as well as Mother St. Theresa, lived alleluia lives. Alleluia, by the way, means: "Praise God" in Hebrew. Seeking out and finding God's gifts, love, and glory in all the people around them and mirroring it back to them at their time of dire need.
How, did I ask my girls (and myself quietly) can we be living alleluia people? One big way is to be more open to Jesus, talking to Him each and every day, seeking His advice and encouragement always in talking to Him frankly. Praying, talking, learning, and knowing Him more and more by reading the Bible, and being conscientious of His presence in, not only our own lives, but in others as well.
We are a process, so it takes time.......I am a little embarrassed to realize something so simplistic as the above lesson this far down the road of life, however.