It’s the Little Things
February 4, 2009 § 2 Comments
I was greeted by a lovely surprise this morning when I arrived at work, brushing snow out of my hair and trying to get warm. One of my coworkers opened the office and made the morning coffee for me! God is good.
Speaking of God, I was blessed with time to go sit in front of the Blessed Sacrament for half an hour yesterday evening. It was wonderful to sit there, basking in the rays of the Son. It has been a long time – too long – since I have been simply quiet with God. He rewarded me with great peace, and a knowledge that He is there with me while I make decisions and take steps in my life. And Our Lady! I am slowly reading a book by Fulton Sheen called “The World’s First Love” about Mary that is very good indeed. Here is a quote from the beginning of the book that makes me want to gobble the whole thing down:
Every person carries within his heart a blueprint of the one he loves. What seems to be ‘love at first sight’ is actually the fulfillment of desire, the realization of a dream. Plato, sensing this, said that all knowledge is a recollection from a previous existence. This is not true, as he states it, but it is true if one understands it to mean that we already have an ideal in us, one which is made by our thinking, our habits, our experiences, and our desires. Otherwise, how would we know immediately, on seeing persons or things, that we loved them? Before meeting certain people we already have a pattern and mould of what we like and what we do not like; certain persons fit into that pattern, others do not.
…The heart has its own secret melody and one day, when the score is played, the heart answers: ‘This is it’. So it is with love. A tiny architect works inside the human heart drawing sketches of the ideal love from the people it sees, the books it reads, from its hopes and daydreams, in the fond hope that the eye may one day see the ideal and the hand touch it. Life becomes becomes satisfying the moment the dream is sen walking, and the person appears as the incarnation of all that one loved. The liking is instantaneous – because, actually, it was there waiting for a long time. Some go through life without ever meeting what they call their ideal. this could be very disappointing, if the ideal never really existed. But the absolute ideal of every heart does exist, and it is God.
I love the idea of the tiny architect, and how Bishop Sheen does not remove our role and responsibility in drawing that blueprint. We have a responsibility to carefully choose the people with whom we interact, the the books we read, the movies we watch, the music we listen to, and even the experiences we desire and hopes we build. Through prayer, we must be diligent and watchful about how we form our lives so that we can be the best versions of ourselves and truly flourish.
Anyway, I have Dr. White’s class this afternoon (Phenomenology of the Human Person) and I wrote my weekly “statement” on whether charts and graphs are governed by verbal or pictorial syntax. I believe the answer is no, but you must wait until later to hear the argument. :::wink:::