This image reminds me of Mother Teresa’s idea to continuous creating little drops of oil into a lamp, and that the love does not have to be extraordinary, but little, but in this image, it is like a stairway to heaven, each practice makes a step that carries you higher:
“Don’t think that love, to be true, has to be extraordinary. What is necessary is to continue to love. How does a lamp burn, if it is not by the continuous feeding of little drops of oil? When there is no oil, there is no light and the bridegroom will say: “I do not know you”. Dear friends, what are our drops of oil in our lamps? They are the small things from every day life: the joy, the generosity, the little good things, the humility and the patience. A simple thought for someone else. Our way to be silent, to listen, to forgive, to speak and to act. That are the real drops of oil that make our lamps burn vividly our whole life. Don’t look for Jesus far away, He is not there. He is in you, take care of your lamp and you will see Him.”
– Mother Teresa
Many kinds of practices, here are 2 ideas:
“ Asking the simple question:
What will serve life today?
is a penetrating practice.
Not what will serve me, my problems, my family,
my desires or worries.
Such questions only lead us to the realm of worry.
When we ask, What will serve life right here and now?
we begin to live in a larger picture.
Whatever circumstances we find ourselves in,
this question can help us focus our intentions.
It is so fundamental it should lie within
every small choice we make, not just the big ones.
What will serve life today?”
—Gunilla Norris, “Inviting Silence”, p. 41-42
“I turn over my little omelet in the frying pan for the love of God. When it is done, if I have nothing to do, I bow down to the ground and adore God from whom has come the grace to make it. Then I straighten up, more contented than a king. When there is nothing more that I can do, it is enough to pick up a straw from the floor for the love of God. People look for methods for learning to love God. They desire to arrive by I don’t know how many different practices. They take great pains to remain in the presence of God by a quantity of means. Is it not much shorter and more direct to do everything for the love of God, to use all the tasks of one’s situation, to give testimony to it, and to maintain the presence within us by this communication of the heart with Him? He has no fancy ways for this. One has only to go plainly and simply to Him.”
– Brother Lawrence