Monday, March 19, 2012

Abandonment, Rediscovering, Writing

As Lent rolls on I continue with Abandonment to Divine Providence as my choice for readings for these forty days. I am also reading Rediscovering Catholicism because it was next on my bookshelf and On Writing Well because it was recommended by another writer and God knows I need help. Much to my surprise, the three books have similar messages for my spiritual, working and writing life. If I may quote from the Introduction to Abandonment by John Beevers,

"Caussade was a very simple man. He was obsessed by one thought: the necessity of loving God and surrendering ourselves to him completely. If we love God we cannot go wrong. But what is original about him is that he said we need do no extraordinary works, show no unique devotion, behave in no uncommon manner. All we must do is our Christian duty continually. Nothing must be too paltry for us."

In Rediscovering Catholicism, Kelly goes over and over the importance of knowing God through the Scriptures and loving Him and doing His work so that we may become the "best version of ourselves." In On Writing Well, Zinsser teaches the importance of being ourselves when we write. He explains that we need to get rid of all the clutter and stop trying to pretty things up with extraordinary adjectives and adverbs. In other words, all three men say one thing, "Simplify." Do the simple, everyday works in life that bring us closer to God. Simply read and imitate Scripture. Be yourself when you write. Simplify. Simplify. Simplify.

Seems so simple but it's much more difficult than it sounds. It's all about the little things.

On this Feast of St. Joseph, a man who simply said "yes" to all that was asked of him, may we learn to simplify our own lives. May we respond to our daily tasks with love and sincerity. May we rid ourselves of all the complicated clutter. May we journey with one another and bring this world back to the only One who can save us.

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