Oh! how empty is all that has not been done for God and with God!
For the resolve to do everything for God’s glory, with thanksgiving and charity. It is always a temptation to allow frustration, failure, or rejection to become the driving forces of our lives. Yet we are predestined in Christ for another way of life, a life of glory filled with every spiritual blessing. To become the praise of God’s glory, St. Paul offers three concrete principles for living:
- Do everything for the glory of God. [I Cor 10:31]
- Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. [Col 3:17]
- Let all that you do be done in love. [I Cor 16:14]
Time was when the faithful had the practice of praying before beginning any activity or undertaking a task. It’s never too late to start practicing this again.
Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity speaks
“Oh! how empty is all that has not been done for God and with God!”
Just for today, say a little prayer before you begin your work, your classes, your fitness workout, your time on social media, or any activity. Resolve to make that time and effort something you do for God and with God. What was the result? Did you notice a difference?
O God of bountiful mercy,
you revealed to Saint Elizabeth of the Trinity
the mystery of your secret presence
in the hearts of those who love you,
and you chose her to adore you in spirit and in truth.
Through her intercession
may we also abide in the love of Christ,
that we may see what you see
and love in the way that you love
and thus merit to be transformed
into temples of your life-giving Spirit
to the praise of your glory.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Excerpt from Letter 333, The Complete Works of Elizabeth of the Trinity volume 2: Letters from Carmel Copyright © 2003 by Washington Province of Discalced Carmelite Friars, Inc. Published by ICS Publications, Washington DC