Today we will pick up our cross, die to ourselves and live for God by being attentive to Him. Pray unceasingly. We’ve talked about this with the Falling in Love with God series but now I want to talk to you about what Saint Francis de Sales came up with so that you can expand on what you have learned in the other series now. It is this.
Saint Francis de Sales says basically, ask, offer and accept. So whatever you are doing at that moment ask God to make you attentive to Him. Then whatever you are doing at that moment offer it as a gift to God. Surrender each moment to God. And then resolve to accept whatever comes out of this moment – this time you have with Him. And then every moment becomes a sacrament.
What does this mean? Okay. Every moment ask God to help you be attentive to Him and this way you know what God wants you to do. This way you can easily choose what is right, and noble and merciful and just. Asking for Divine Grace makes the moment a sacrament.
Every moment give whatever you are doing, to God. You are having the most delicious steak of your life. Offer it to God. Ask God to join you in your joy. You are in the darkest despair you have ever known. Offer it to God. Ask God to help you in your sorrow. You are bored out of your mind just vegging out in front of the tv. Offer it to God. Ask God to help you not to waste what little time you have on this earth. The point is you want to give the moment to God as a gift. This makes every moment a sacrifice. You are sacrificing all of your moments to Him.
Then you accept whatever comes from sharing that moment with Him. This is an act of surrender. Surrender to His Will, His Love, His Life and His Glory.
This makes every moment a sacrament. Your life can become a sacrament.
Now, for those of you that are not Catholic a sacrament is an act that is regarded as an outward and visible sign of inward and spiritual divine grace. God can turn your entire life into an act of Divine Grace.
Ask. Offer. Accept.
“Lord, please be attentive to me and help me to be attentive to you. I offer you this moment (of joy, pain, happiness, frustration, sleep, whatever) as a gift to you and I resolve to accept whatever comes out of this moment with you.”
This is picking up your cross, dying to yourself and living for Him.
Peace be with you.