"Tell [all people], My daughter, that I am Love and Mercy itself. When a soul approaches Me with trust, I fill it with such an abundance of graces that it cannot contain them within itself, but radiates them to other souls." (Diary, 1074)The words of Jesus and his sacrifice on the Cross assure us that if we are seeking God, we should not have a servile fear of him, but rather, run to him and readily receive all he has to offer. Similarly, we mothers also resist human love at times. For Jo in Little Women, the journey of her life and the events which took place helped her to begin to understand her need for human love. We receive grace from the Sacrament of Matrimony to effectively fulfill our vocations of marriage and motherhood. We also receive support and love from our friends and extended family so that our spirits can be restored for the work we are called to do. Times have changed, but God never does. Just as Jo March in the 1868 setting of Little Women felt her weakness and dependence, we also today experience the same desire to be loved by God and others. The world tells us we must always be strong, independent, and successful to be loved, but God's message is different. He says,
"Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28)We need each other, and the world will be a better place when we learn to humbly love and care for one another and to depend on God to be our source of strength and our provider.
Copyright 2020 Christina Mayeux
About the Author
Tina is a transplant to Mobile, Alabama from South Louisiana who enjoys cooking, writing, and exercising in her spare time. She is the wife of Jude and mother to three girls. She blogs at Diary of a Domestic Church and is also a contributor for Patheos Catholic at The Way of the Wildflowers.