The ordinary

Two Welsh holy men remind us today of the importance of the ordinary, the little things.

St. David, a sixth century Welsh monk, closed his life with these words:

Noble brothers and sisters, be joyful and keep the faith and persevere in the little things you have heard and learnt together with me.

George Herbert, a seventeenth century Welsh-born Anglican vicar and poet, was called “the Holy Mr. Herbert” by his parishioners. In a beautiful poem he describes “Prayer”:

Prayer the Churches banquet…
… heart in pilgrimage,
Heaven in ordinairie…
… something understood.

Do we see heaven in the ordinary?

Do we persevere in the little things?

That is the challenge of a spirituality that is rooted in Jesus, God who became flesh and welcomed the little ones.



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