The little things in life

St. Bonaventure, whose feast is celebrated today, didn’t want to be a bishop. But the pope finally forced him. The papal delegates who came to inform him found Bonaventure washing dishes. They had to wait until he was finished.

As he once wrote, “The perfection of a religious person is to do common things in a perfect manner; a constant fidelity in small things is great and heroic virtue.”

There is a saying – “Don’t sweat the little things.”

I’m not sure that is good spiritual advice. Sure, we should not let the little problems in life annoy us. But we should be attentive to the little things in pour daily lives – washing dishes, saying hello to the street-sweeper or the receptionist, picking up a piece of trash, calling a friend.

That’s where we may find God.

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