A friend recently recommended that I read the bio of St. Maria of Paris. I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how engaging the story of her life and ministry have been to me this week. I’m still reading her story, but I want to share some of her wisdom that has spoken to me.
"No amount of thought will ever result in any greater formulation than the three words, ‘Love one another,’ so as long as it is love to the end and without exceptions." - St. Maria of Paris
What would it look like if I, for even a day, loved without exception?
"If someone turns with his spiritual world toward the spiritual world of another person," she reflected, "he encounters an awesome and inspiring mystery… He comes into contact with the true image of God in man, with the very icon of God incarnate in the world, with a reflection of the mystery of God’s incarnation and divine manhood. And he needs to accept this awesome revelation of God unconditionally, to venerate the image of God in his brother…" - St. Maria of Paris
What would it look like if I, for even a day, encountered those I meet in a way that venerates the image of God within them?
I’m thankful for St. Maria and the prophetic voices proclaiming love in the face of the broken world all around us.