Perfection and small things in our daily work


The Christian discovers new riches in work, "for all the roads of the earth can be an occasion for an encounter with Christ," as St. Josemaría Escrivá used to say in many different ways, preaching throughout his life that "holiness is not something for the privileged. He recalled an experience that had served to teach in a graphic way to those who approached his apostolate what it was like to work with God's face: "I also remember the time I spent in Burgos? Sometimes our walks reached the monastery of Las Huelgas, and at other times we escaped to the Cathedral.

"I liked to climb a tower, so that they could contemplate closely the cresting, a real stone lace, the result of a patient and costly work. In these talks, I would point out to them that this marvel could not be seen from below. And, to materialize what he had often explained to them, he would comment: this is God's work, God's work: to finish the personal task with perfection, with beauty, with the delicacy of these delicate stone doilies. They understood, before this reality that entered through their eyes, that all this was prayer, a beautiful dialogue with the Lord. Those who spent their energies in this task knew perfectly well that from the streets of the city no one would appreciate their effort: it was only for God. Do you understand now how a professional vocation can bring you closer to the Lord? Do as those stonemasons did, and your work will also be operatio Dei, a human work with divine entrails and profiles", even if no one sees it, even if no one appreciates it. God does see it and appreciates it; this is enough to make us strive to finish our work with perfection, with love.

To finish well what we do means in many cases to be attentive to the little things. This demands effort and sacrifice, and when we offer it, it becomes something pleasing to God. Being in the details for love of God does not diminish the soul, but enlarges it because the work we do is perfected and, by offering it for concrete intentions, we open ourselves to the needs of the whole Church; thus, our task acquires a supernatural dimension that it did not have before. In our professional work - as in other aspects of our daily life: family and social life, rest... - we are always offered this double opportunity: carelessness and sloppiness, which impoverish the soul, or the small work of art offered to the Lord, the expression of a soul with interior life.

Perhaps the Lord wants to make us see, in this time of prayer, details that demand a change of direction or rhythm in our way of working: Do I live in order, which leads me to approach tasks according to their true importance, and not guided by whim or convenience? Do I delay the completion of my work for no reason, just for lack of intensity or punctuality? Do I interrupt the task at hand for any excuse, perhaps wasting the time of others as well?

With the help of the Virgin Mary, let us end this time of meditation with a concrete resolution, which will move us to carry out our work with more perfection, and which will help us to remember the Lord more often: "There, from that place of work, let your heart escape to the Lord, near the Tabernacle, to say to Him, without doing strange things: My Jesus, I love You".