October 16, 2017

iMonk Authors Week: Lisa Dye

Colors of Life, Photo by David Cornwell

Colors of Life, Photo by David Cornwell

iMonk Authors Week

Since my books were released last week, I thought it might be a good time to highlight some of the authors who write for us here at Internet Monk. I am blessed to partner with many fine, gifted, and faithful writers, who have written books. For those of you still getting familiar with the site, you can always find some of these books listed on the right sidebar of the page, under “iMonk Authors.” The books pictured there are linked to sites where you can purchase them and support these folks in their craft.

Pictures this week will be from our friend, David Cornwell. Visit his Flickr page to see more.

Today, we feature an excerpt from one of the devotional guides our friend Lisa Dye has penned: 30 Days with 30 Saints. Lisa wrote this particular day’s meditation on someone one who stands out to her as a woman who is relevant to our time and to whom the average person can relate.

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Louise de Marillac
Putting Up with Everything

St. Louise de Marillac (1591-1660), brought practicality, hard work, a pleasant demeanor, and patience with others and with herself to her service for God.

Louise married and had a son. Her husband was ill tempered and sick during their years together, but their relationship was stable due to Louise’s patience. When he died, she suffered a long depression. During this time she received spiritual direction from Pierre Camus and St. Francis de Sales, and she also met St. Vincent de Paul.

Louise entered into Vincent’s work helping the poor. As she gained his trust and developed her organizational talents, the two worked energetically, founding the Daughters of Charity and training the sisters to care for the poor and sick, fostering support from the community’s wealthy, overseeing multiple charities and hospitals, and developing children’s literacy programs.

3_15_louise“The mark of charity in a soul is, among all other virtues, this ability to put up with everything.”

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✙ Scripture
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1Corinthians 13:7

✙ Prayer
Christ Jesus, your great love has borne the whole history of this world’s trespasses. You carried them to the cross and died for them. Now, by your Spirit, you strengthen me to endure life’s daily drudgeries and put up with all the annoyances that come in a community of family, friends, and coworkers. You even promise grace to withstand devastating events, the painful actions of careless or cruel people, and also the terrible disappointments that come from personal failings. Help me to remember that by your help, I truly can bear all things. Amen.

✙ Practice
I will remember that the love of God for me, within me, and through me is enough for every situation I face.

Comments

  1. Robert F says:

    Dark, lonely morning —
    I turn from darkness to you,
    and wait in silence —

  2. Lisa Dye says:

    You read my mind, Robert.

  3. Christiane says:

    good memories of our nuns at my school who were Sisters of Charity, in the days when they wore the large graceful cornette head-dresses (think Flying Nun) . . . we had five orders of nuns teaching at the school, but I have to say that my favorite was the librarian, Sister Ruth, whose patience with us was never completely hidden below her strictness and her attention to detail and hard work . . . yes, the word ‘patience’ comes to mind when I think of the sisters of Charity because they certainly put up with a lot of nunsense from us students. We admired them. We respected them. They helped form our Christian character by their utterly strict, yet quietly patient example. Good memories.

  4. Lisa Dye says:

    Christiane, thank you for sharing this good memory. It’s also a reminder that the work of Louise de Marillac has continued into contemporary times and expanded in many ways. As to the flying nun cornette, I read in my research of her that Louise recruited hearty peasant girls as her Sisters of Charity and the cornette indicated their social standing. Previous attempts by wealthy women of faith (however well intentioned) to minister to the poor of Paris failed, due to their being ill-equipped to get below the surface levels of need and to their recipients being unwilling to receive them.

  5. Damaris says:

    I have one of your books at work, Lisa, and pick it up for a much-needed sanity check during the week. I love the prayers and meditations you provide, as well as the insight into holy people I don’t know much about.

  6. Amen to that! Life is not a grandiose succession of parting red seas. It is more a mundane succession of parting your children’s hair and parting with your selfishness and that of those around you. The ‘patience of the saints’ is developed in daily living with the most ordinary of challenges. How I deal with the mundane is how I will deal with the extraordinary. There are the rare ones that seem to do it with such grace and effortlessness. It sounds like Louise may have been one of them.

    • Christiane says:

      I agree with you, CHRIS,
      I consider a Christian’s ability to be there in the midst of those who suffer to be a revelation of grace at work in our lives.

    • Lisa Dye says:

      Comparing the parting of red seas with the parting of your child’s hair … how well put! That is not only poetic, but memorable, especially to a mother of three daughters and four granddaughters whose locks I have washed, dried, brushed, combed, trimmed, parted, braided and curled more times than I could ever count. If we are older, it would be a good thing to let the young people around us know that when they serve someone, especially someone small, sick, poor, old or weak, they serve Christ. How much difference would it make in how people approach their necessary small, but daily tasks if they were reminded that they are indeed doing God’s work?