My place in human history
Author: P. Fernando Pascual, L.C | Source: Catholic.net
Every human being occupies a place in universal history. Not in the one that appears in the manuals, nor in the documents, but in the one in which each creature leaves an indelible mark.
That place, for some, will have a small, insignificant appearance. In the family, fold socks, iron shirts, clean dishes: What value can have such simple acts?
They have it, no doubt. Because an ironed shirt with affection changes something in the house and, from the house, in the neighbors, in the friends, in the co-workers, in the traffic, even in the nations.
Discovering the full meaning of simple things allows you to recognize their value. Of course, the consequences of a good ironing seem insignificant in the face of a parliament declaring war or approving a tax increase. But that's not why ironing stops having its place in history.
If the gaze extends to what happens after death, decisions acquire immensely greater value. For even a glass of water given to a little guy was has consequences in the eternal (cf. Mt 10.42).
Every hour, every minute, they have a meaning. They serve to promote love or to injure it, to erect walls or to build bridges, to listen to the sad or to increase tensions.
So I need to look at the sky and ask God for help. To cleanse my heart from all selfishness, to help me to have noble and generous ideas, to throw me to good works, even if they seem simple and insignificant, to tell me what is my place in human history.
In this way, my thoughts and actions, aided by divine grace, open to the needs of my brethren, will become an instrument in the hands of God so that human history has fewer dark pages and more love, in time and in eternity.