The Merit of Monotony

By Marc Massery

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Turn to any page of the Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska and you find spiritual gems. Like this one:

When a reluctance and a monotony as regards my duties begins to take possession of me, I remind myself that I am in the house of the Lord, where nothing is small and where the glory of the Church and the progress of many a soul depend on this small deed of mine, accomplished in a divinized way (508).

In this fallen world, we tend to find anything novel captivating and anything mundane dissatisfying. We like buying new things, exploring new places, and meeting new people. On the other hand, it takes effort to appreciate the tasks we do every day.

However, when we spend our lives chasing after change, taking for granted what we have right in front of us, we ultimately become disappointed. Nothing in this world, no matter how novel, can truly satisfy us. Only Christ can.

In fact, thanks to His death and Resurrection, our daily deeds have eternal merit. When we give the Lord the little moments of our day, getting dressed, driving to work, making calls at the office, etc., we store up eternal rewards. With this eternal sense of purpose in mind, we'll change how we think about the monotony of life. We'll appreciate little blessings more and our burdens will suddenly seem a bit lighter.

Of course, as St. Faustina implies in the passage above, it's not always easy to stay rooted in the importance of the task at hand. We often have to fight the temptation to take our daily tasks for granted. Saint Faustina does this by making the effort to remind herself that she's working "in the house of the Lord," and that her daily tasks affect not only her and God, but others, too. Indeed, we can offer up for other souls anything we do for the greater glory of God, no matter how little.

My prayer: Jesus, thank You for life, thank You for this moment. Help me to remember You in everything I do today. I offer You all my efforts, great and small, every day for the salvation of souls and the glory of Your name.

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