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The Importance of Small Things

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“It [the mustard seed] is the smallest of all the seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs…”—Matthew 13:32

St. Francis de Sales wrote, “Even little actions are great when they are done well.” Anything we do for the right reason makes those small tasks great. Try always to have love for others, family, business, and a healthy love for oneself. Don’t sell short those small tasks that fill most of your days. Create a habit of looking for those simple things around the house, at work, or in the neighborhood that can be done simply, quietly, and with the power of great love. Don’t pass up the opportunities that are always there! Start with that small task in front of you now.

Lord, help me to see the value in small tasks. Amen.

—from the book Three Minutes with God: Reflections and Prayers to Encourage, Inspire, and Motivate
by Monsignor Frank Bognanno

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2 thoughts on “The Importance of Small Things”

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  2. Reflecting on this meditation may force the conclusion that putting God first means putting Love first, since God IS Love. It follows that failing in that in even “veniel” things can have “mortal” consequences: separating ourselves from God and Love is a grave matter.

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