“Being a saint means loving the ordinary things of life for God, with God and with His divine grace and strength.
I always thought it was acceptance and not love. This changes everything and is brilliant. That must be where God’s joy comes from. Acceptance is a rather neutral feeling, even though it is better than submissiveness.
But when it comes down to it, love is the only feeling good enough for God. You don’t just accept a kiss from your parents, you love the kiss because it comes from your parents.
– to accept is just like saying well, I just got a nasty blow, might as well see the good side and offer it up to God ;
– to resign oneself is like saying this blow annoys me but in any case there is nothing to do about it but to give it up to God.
– to make it an act of love is to say God was good enough to send me this blow so that I can offer it to Him with all my heart for his glory.
Nevertheless, it takes a thick coat of holiness to turn everything into an act of love.”
-Servant of God Claire de Castelbajac-