August 23, 2021

“We can do no great things, only small things with great love.” St. Teresa of Calcutta

Dear Saint Paul’s Family,

Ross (our 13-year-old grandson), Rod, and I toured the Shenandoah Caverns last week. We descended some 225 feet to walk over a mile through rock formations that have been millions of years in the making. I felt a sense of the vastness of time and the enormity of things unseen. This amazing natural wonder, hidden and unseen from the surface is nothing in comparison to the unknowable enormity of God. I felt small and vulnerable, especially when the lights were turned off.

But it was also an experience of how something very little makes a huge difference over time. We saw tiny drops of water that made their way from the surface to the tips of stalactite and stalagmites. These tiny drops are growing and changing the formations at a rate of 1 cubic inch every 100 years or so.

Change takes time, in caverns, and in our lives. But change happens. I must believe that each just and merciful act makes a difference, unseen if measured in hours, days, weeks, months, even years, but a difference, nonetheless.

Small acts with great love matter ~ Anne

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