In the wee hours of the morn, I ride the commuter rail into Boston every day. I like being at my desk at 7:30. I've been doing so for many years and will often exchange pleasantries with my fellow commuters (in between starting my day with my Magnificat and other prayers).
One day a few weeks back, as I was de-boarding, a gentleman said 'good morning', smiled and said "You are ALWAYS smiling. It is amazing."
For a moment, it caught me by surprise. (Because...well...you know.)
Oh yeah, I am!
That's love, my Love. I try to feel Him in all things. Whisper and reach for Him. His light is so bright it shines through it all.
I found the following prayer on Facebook. It was not attributed to an author but whoever it was and is, I thank them. It profoundly says what I feel every day, in every circumstance - and every cretin who pokes me with the stick. Ha!
"Teach me, my Lord, to be sweet and gentle in all the events of my life, in disappointments, in the thoughtlessness of others, in the insincerity of those I trusted, in the unfaithfulness of those on whom I relied. Let me forget myself so that I may enjoy the happiness of others. Let me always hide my little pains and heartaches so that I may be the only one to suffer from them. Teach me to profit by the suffering that comes across my path. Let me so use it that it may mellow me, not harden or embitter me; that it may make me patient, not irritable; that it may make me broad in my forgiveness, not narrow or proud or overbearing. May no one be less good for having come within my influence; no one less pure, less true, less kind, less noble, for having been a fellow traveler with me on our journey towards eternal life. As I meet with one cross after another, let me whisper a word of love to You. May my life be lived in the supernatural, full of power for good, and strong in its purpose of sanctity. Amen."