“The affection a human heart bears for another lessens as it multiplies the objects of its love, just as a river loses its fullness the more it divides itself into little streams. But with God there is no decrease of love with the increase of objects loved, any more than a voice loses its strength because a thousand ears hear it. Each human heart can break His Sacred Heart all over again; each soul has within itself the potentiality of another crucifixion. No one can love as much as Our Lord; no one therefore can suffer as much.”
Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
I could write this post about a great many people in my life, most especially my parents. But my parents are the very fiber of my being, so my existence speaks to their importance, both in my life and in the way God affects people through them.
If you had told me ten years ago what my life would be like today, I don’t think I would have believed you. That’s a cliche idea…people say it all the time. But really, the wonders of God know no bounds. He works in the smallest and simplest of ways, moving our hearts with human hands and human eyes. I recently started my first job out of school, and it’s not something I ever guessed I would be doing, but when Lisa (my boss) called me to talk about the position, I felt my heart glow. She was sincere and open and so filled with a charitable heart. Communicating as a human being, interacting in a sincere way with someone matters so much more to me than the substance of what’s being done or discussed, and she embodies living in that way. She always has time in her day for what every one around her needs. She empathizes without a thought. I’ve never met someone who can be with people where they are better than Lisa can. It’s pretty near impossible to be in a bad mood around someone who is so positive and joyful.
I am more than happy to go into work each day because I know that even if my day has begun unpleasantly, Lisa will come in, smiling and ready to work (even if her five year old decided midnight was just the right time to begin her day). Lisa doesn’t let how she’s feeling affect the way she treats the people around her. She’s so Christ-like that I can’t help but feel Christ’s joy when she’s around. God just continues to bless me, doesn’t He? (Did I mention I’m marrying my best friend two weeks from tomorrow? Yeah, blessings on blessings.) I love how God uses us as instruments to show His love and pour out His grace. Life is so great!!!
I know that working with Lisa right now is right because it makes me feel closer to Christ every day, and that’s what every good thing in your life should do. She inspires me to be all things for all people, to be Christ for others in every moment of my life, to live a joy observed! Praise be to God! Alleluia!
I hadn’t mentioned yet that she’s a mother of two beautiful girls, which is of course her most important role! For your viewing pleasure, here is an absolutely adorable picture of Lisa’s absolutely adorable family:
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Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts and words with me and the world! I am truly honored to have the opportunity to work with you, especially in this very special time in your life. I am so thankful for your willingness to try a career outside of your degree, and will do all I can to help you prepare professionally for your true calling. Until then, just know, you have made a wonderful impact in my life already and working with you is “my pleasure.” He he he
See you on Monday!
You are a ray of sunshine, Maria! It is my great honor and privilege to have the opportunity to work with you, especially in this very special time in your life. Thank you for sharing your kind words with me and the world, and for being open to a career you never expected to try. You have so much to give the world and I truly hope you know how much I appreciate all you do and having you on my team.
You are lovely and wonderful and this is lovely and wonderful and I miss your words.