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.