Constancy: Faithfulness in the day-to-day

Often times we find ourselves getting off on a great start in our spiritual life after a retreat, a great Confession, a mission trip or some other circumstance in which we had an authentic encounter with Christ. But how long does it all last? A week? Maybe two months at the most? Quickly we find ourselves becoming inconstant in our resolutions and decisions, due to temptations, laziness, the feeling that we don’t have enough time.

In order to overcome this situation, we should ask the Lord for the virtue of constancy. Constancy is the virtue that helps us pursue our good and holy resolutions by overcoming ourselves so we can fulfill our everyday duties, even the smallest ones. If you have decided to dedicate 15 minutes to chores, do them well and for the whole 15 minutes. If you have promised the Blessed Mother to pray the Rosary each day, then pray the Rosary focusing on what you are saying and not in bed since you will probably fall asleep. If it is time to study, really study without day dreaming, or getting up 5 times to go to the bathroom.

Being faithful in the small, ordinary, everyday tasks is of great importance. Many times we think of holiness as doing great and virtuous acts, but in reality you can never have enough strength to do great acts if you haven’t already practiced constancy in the small things.

Saint Josemaría Escrivá constantly encouraged the members of Opus Dei to sanctify themselves in the ordinary obligations and commitments of each day.

Persevere in the exact fulfillment of the obligations of the moment. That work — humble, monotonous, small – is prayer expressed in action that prepares you to receive the grace of the other work – great and wide and deep — of which you dream." (The Way, 825)

This should be an attitude for all who desire to truly seek and follow Christ.

Persevere in the exact fulfillment of the obligations of the moment. Saint Josemaría Escrivá

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