I tell my children, “Be greedy!”

We are talking…

“Will you love me for always?” I ask. “What if one day you turn away and don’t want to know me anymore?”

“We wouldn’t do that, Mum!”

But what if one of them did? Would I shout, “Go! I don’t want your love if you are so unappreciative of all I’ve done for you”? No. I pull my children close. I would never do that. I love with a mother’s heart, a heart that loves deeply and forever.

“If that happened, I would love you even more, Mum, to make up,” someone assures me, as she wraps her arms about me. "I want your love."

I smile. Even though that child-shaped hole in my life would never close, and the yearning for my missing child’s love never fade, my heart would be consoled.

I wonder how God feels when we turn away from His love. I say, “God has all this love He wants to give us and we don’t always want it. We are indifferent.”

I tell my children, "Be greedy... in a St Therese kind of way. It's quite all right. There's enough to go round. The love Jesus has for us is never-ending."

We are in the Communion line. We genuflect low as we whisper, “Dear Jesus give us the love and grace no one thinks to ask for. We want it. We need it. We want to love.”

Console the Heart of Jesus.

Be greedy.

And love.


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  1. Brief and beautiful...and so like Therese. The love and grace no one thinks to ask for. This seems to me a prayer which Jesus would never refuse to answer. Your children are blessed to have a mom who knows how to listen to the Holy Spirit, and love like the Blessed Mother. Sue, I hope you know how remarkable you truly are!
    Love and hugs...xoxo

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    1. Patricia,

      Brief and beautiful... There are so many ways we can obtain grace in a brief and beautiful way. Sometimes I think we are daunted by all the devotions that take so much time and effort, but never take advantage of the little ways of growing closer to God. Like me, I am sure you are very grateful to St Therese and her writings!

      Listening to the Holy Spirit? Patricia, it is taking me a long time to learn little things. Every little morsel of knowledge I gain, I want to share with my children! Still much more to learn and a looong way to grow!

      Love and hugs to you too! btw, today is the last day of my meditations on our Mother Mary. Oh yes! She is the way to Jesus!

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  2. This is wonderful - absolutely wonderful.

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    1. Nancy,

      Thank you! I just wanted to write down this simple story about a great grace, maybe in thankfulness for all we receive. Thank you so much for sharing my link on Facebook!

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  3. I am so glad to see that you are back. I love reading your blog posts. This one hits close to home. I never think to pray for grace like you mentioned. Perhaps it is time to rethink my approach to the Lord.

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    1. Tina,

      I couldn't stay away for very long, though I am not posting as often as I used to. Thank you so much for reading my posts. It is so lovely to share with you.

      There are so many little ways we can receive grace. I often forget to pray for grace too! Sometimes I think it's our children who lead us along the right pathway. While we are teaching them, we are learning ourselves.

      God bless!

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  4. Love has such a beautiful way of consoling, doesn't it? Young children seem to be able to wipe away worries just by squeezing tight and smothering us with their kisses. St. Therese has been my favourite saint for so long, now - I love her combination of wisdom and childlikeness.

    God bless, Sue:-)

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    1. Vicky,

      Oh yes! Love is certainly consoling. I can remember so many times when little fingers have wiped tears from my eyes with scrunched up tissues. Little kisses, huge hugs from young and old... they really do make a difference. Love helps.

      I think it is once again time to read "I Believe in Love", the retreat on the teachings of St Therese. I return to this book again and again. St Therese is certainly a heavenly treasure.

      God bless!

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  5. I absolutely love the concept of greediness here! Perfect.
    Hope all is well, Sue!

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    1. Chris,

      It's quite okay to be greedy when there's an endless supply! Thank you for reading my post. So lovely to see you comment.

      God bless you!

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  6. We have a saying in the Owlery: "Almost all problems can be solved by sharing" This one sounds like a perfect mach for a partner. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Uglemor,

      I like your saying very much too! I think I will share it with my family. Little sayings help remind us of what is important.

      God bless!

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  7. Sue, one of my daughters has been growing to love St. Therese. I will teach her your Communion prayer. That picture is sooo cute.

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    1. Anabelle,

      I am sure you also have a number of little prayers you regularly say at different times. They are so helpful. Thank you for sharing my prayer though it's really St Therese's, or at least it's what I understood from reading her writings! I hope I interpreted her words correctly!

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  8. This post reminds me so much of what I've been reading about in Consoling the Heart of Jesus. Thank you for the reminder that and image of His Merciful Love...we can never be too greedy for it!

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    1. Elizabeth,

      Consoling the Heart of Jesus... Is that Fr Michael Gaitley's book? The title sounds familiar. I've just finished reading his book 33 Days to Morning Glory for the second time. A friend described it as a life changing book, and I have to agree. After your comment, I am going to order Consoling the Heart of Jesus. It's a bit like putting together the pieces of a puzzle: The more I read and pray, the more I understand about love but I feel there's still so very much left to learn!

      Thank you so much for your comment, Elizabeth!

      God bless.

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    2. Hi Sue! Yes, it is written by the same author who wrote 33 Days to Morning Glory. My understanding is that you're supposed to read Morning Glory before Consoling but I found Consoling on my friends' bookshelf and borrowed it. Consoling was a life changer for me and I'm glad you feel that way about Morning Glory because I hope to read that one next.

      And yes, there IS so much to learn about love isn't there? His Love knows no end....that's hard for me to fathom sometimes but I'm glad for it.

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    3. Elizabeth,

      Now I really want to read Consoling the Heart of Jesus! The only problem is I can only find this book on Amazon, and for us that works out expensive because of the shipping. I usually try to order through the Book Depository with free shipping. Maybe I will just have to be patient and wait for the book to become available at the Book Depository once again. In the meantime I can read one of those many other books I've bought and never read. I really must get out of the habit of buying and not reading!

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  9. This post was beautiful, Sue! Yes, I WILL be greedy :) There are treasuries of grace there for the asking but many people do not want them these days or don't think to ask for them. As for me, I need all the grace I can get. Great post!

    I love Fr. Gaitley's books and I think he has a new one out on the Trinity. It's on my wish list!

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    1. Mary,

      Isn't it wonderful to think of all that grace? There's no shortage and it's freely available to those who ask. That is such a gift!

      While I was looking online for Fr Gaitley's book Consoling the Heart of Jesus I saw his new book. Yes, it's on my wish list too!

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    1. Colleen,

      Thanks for reading my post!

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