As I look back on the day, I ask myself “What have I lived today?”
It’s the question. St. John of the Cross once wrote:
at the end of our lives we’ll be judged on love. There’s no shortage of ways to love! And when my imagination needs prompting, there’s the seven corporal works of mercy for starters:
◊ feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked,
◊ shelter the homeless, visit the sick, visit the imprisoned, bury the dead.
The seven spiritual works of mercy remind me that love is not only about doing “external” activities. Love is to:
◊ counsel the doubtful, instruct the ignorant, admonish sinners;
◊ comfort the afflicted, forgive offenses;
◊ bear wrongs patiently, pray for the living and the dead.
But the question always comes back to the basic one: How much love have I put in to the day? Love in all its colors —
◊ humor when tensions arise over small issues,
◊ generously sharing gifts received,
◊ attending to doing little things well,
◊ approaching others with a smile,
◊ speaking, serving, doing, waiting
— all out of love. My great chance is to “live” life, not simply to let it slide by.