In her spiritual diary, called ‘Divine Mercy In My Soul’, Saint Faustina records a conversation with Jesus. One morning she began to crochet and she then began to speak with the Lord in prayer –
“I beg You: grant the grace of conversion to as many souls as the number of stitches I will make today with this crochet hook” (Diary, para.961).
The Lord tells her she is asking a lot – “Every conversion of a sinful soul demands sacrifice”. Nonetheless, He goes on to say – “My dear daughter, I comply with your request”.
What is perhaps most interesting here is that such a little thing – making stitches – can be offered to obtain enormous graces, even that of the conversion of souls.
Now this is a lesson for every single one of us, espcially those who think we have nothing to offer, are capable of nothing or only of very small things.
Little things can achieve great things, despite being so little; it is not the greatness of an action which counts – rather, it is the love with which it is undertaken. The Lord rewards effort, not result.
Really, it isn’t so surprising – after all, one of the ‘smallest’ Saints would become one of the greatest – St Thérèse of Lisieux. She even called her spiritual approach her ‘Little Way’. In a nutshell, this said that little things done with great love are much more efficacious than we realise, and they become stepping stones on the path to true holiness.
And Saint Teresa of Calcutta said much the same – she counselled that we do whatever we are able to do, doing it with great love for the Lord and for our neighbour.
So we have the very clear example of three marvellous Saints, all telling us the same thing.
It reminded me of something the Angel told the three children at Fatima –
“Offer prayers and sacrifices constantly to the Most High. Make of everything you can a sacrifice, and offer it to God as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners”.
Here then, in the example of all these Saints, is the perfect way to do just that. Little things, done with great love.