At the hospital where I may very well be employed soon, each meeting is opened with a daily reflection. It is up to the leader of the meeting to provide the reflection, and since it's a Catholic hospital, there is no worry about being "PC" and offending people of other faiths. Therefore, I thought I'd better start posting a reflection each day to get a head start.
Today's reflection comes from St. Therese. If you belong to the Society of the Little Flower, you, too, may have received an envelope bearing this message:
"I cannot express in words what happened in my soul, what I know is that the Lord illuminated it with rays of truth, which so surpassed the dark brilliance of earthly feasts that I could not believe my happiness." - St. Therese of Lisieux
"How come you don't ride horses anymore?" someone asked me. How can I explain to someone who does not share my zeal for the Lord? When I rode, I thought my heart would burst with happiness. I looked into the face of a horse and saw God. But it was also an all-consuming sport. It took hours to care for horses properly. It's not like a bike where you can ride it til you're ready to drop and then just lock it up It took hours of travel back and forth because we don't live in the country. It took money better spent on college tuition and helping those in need. Riding was not something I seemed able to do in moderation. It became my religion for a long time and that was just plain wrong.
I stopped riding because I thought I had spent enough time away from the Lord that I should make this sacrifice and also because it brought me a false sense of happiness, what St. Therese might have called felt or sensible joy.
Our only real joy in life is to do God's will, even when it does not bring us happiness we can feel.