Sacrifices and Acts of Love
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The greatest sacrifice and act of love is the death of Christ on the Cross. Christ has asked all those who follow Him to take up their cross, with His help. If the Son of God suffered and died, then we should expect, as followers of Christ, to make sacrifices and acts of love, in order to live just as Christ lived.
St. Therese of Lisieux, also known as the Little Flower, came to realize at a young age the beauty in offering sacrifices and acts of love to the Lord. St. Thérèse used a string of beads, called Sacrifice Beads, to count her sacrifices and acts of love done for God.
As a child St. Thérèse was encouraged by her mother to offer little gifts of love each day for Jesus. After St. Thérèse’s mother passed away her sisters continued to encourage her in her daily offerings to Jesus. St. Thérèse made her own set of sacrifice beads that she used each day leading up to her First Communion to help prepare herself. Her set of beads were actually called her “chaplet of practices” it featured a medal of St. Benedict, a cross, white beads and blue string. During the months leading up to her First Communion on a daily basis she would offer an average of 28 sacrifices.
Sacrifices are important because they help someone know that you love them. St. Therese loved the Lord so much that she wanted to make sacrifices for Him.
Examples of Sacrifices and Acts of Love (The Little Way)
St. Therese translated "the little way" in terms of a commitment to the tasks and to the people we meet in our everyday lives. She took her assignments in the convent of Lisieux as ways of manifesting her love for God and for others.
Play the game your sibling wants instead of the one you had in mind.
Skip dessert at one meal.
Do your chores without even being told.
Help your parents around the house in ways that you do not have to.
Do your schoolwork well and finish it before you play.
Park farther away.
Limit your Social Media time.
Pay for the person behind you.
Remember, sometimes we can think that we should try to do great things. But what about the small, monotonous, daily sacrifices we make? Sacrifices such as cleaning, working, helping another, forgiving, etc.? Do the small things matter? Most certainly!
Prayer of Offering to the Lord
Lord, I offer You my day. I offer You all that I do and all that I am. I especially offer You the small things I do every day. May each action become a gift to You, offering You honor and glory throughout my day. Jesus, I trust in You.
Resources from: Little Ways; Society of the Little Flower; Daily Reflections on Divine Mercy