"Never get tired of doing little things for others, sometimes those little things occupy the biggest part of their hearts." ~St. Therese of the Child JesusI have heard many people question the deterioration of their own sanity and well-being by giving all of themselves to help others. Society constantly asks the same selfish questions day in and day out. "What have you done for yourself today?" "How will you reward yourself?" It is the uncontrollable reward system that exemplifies very little Christian virtue. Let's look at this from a different point of view; let us be charitable for the sake of loving and thereby offering an unconditional love for God. For it is not only Faith, Hope, and Love that encompasses charity and self-sacrifice. The more love and attention I give to my children and husband, the less I focus on myself and interestingly enough, I am transported into a sublime state of happiness. My love has grown leaps and bounds for my family over the years. The more children we have, and the more I dedicate my entire being to the welfare of my family, the more I love them all. There’s an amazing never-ending supply of love provided by God for us to pour upon others. Copyright 2018 Danielle Heckenkamp. All rights reserved.[/caption]
"Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love." ~St. Therese of the Child Jesus
A Catholic Mom's Bucket List of Love
- Invite a friend/family member over for dinner who is alone.
- Bake your favorite cookies and drop them off at a neighbor’s house.
- Pick a handful of flowers and visit an elderly relative.
- Bring your children to visit the elderly at a nursing home.
- Teach your children to sing hymns - "He who sings, prays twice." ~ St. Augustine
- Smile at a stranger everyday and your children will quickly pick up the habit also.
- Enjoy every moment with your family and friends. You will never get a repeat. After God, family is the most important!
Copyright 2018 Danielle Heckenkamp
About the Author
Danielle Marie Heckenkamp is a stay at home mom and freelance writer who lives in the beautiful state of Wisconsin with her husband and five children. Motherhood has allowed Danielle to re-discover her love for writing. It is through her daily experiences as a mom and the love for her Catholic Faith that show forth in her writing. Danielle is the co-author of a nonfiction book about manners and common sense. She is a coffee-drinking, Midwest girl, who loves to spend time with her family, attempt outlandish recipes, and read any book she can get her hands on. You can find more of Danielle's writing at Loving These Days or step inside her daily life at her instagram account (@dmheckenkamp)