Back then a large nose was a desirable and attractive feature – regal and denoting strength of character. So Pascal was suggesting that, had Cleopatra’s nose been smaller, great rulers like Julius Caesar and Marc Antony never would have fallen under her spell, there never would have been a civil war in Rome, and we all might be speaking Latin today.
It’s a very Catholic principle that sometimes seemingly insignificant things can have large consequences.
In that spirit I would like to thank all of you who have participated in the GROW parish-planning survey. The process has filled me with hope. I can’t wait to see the results. It could be that we identify just one comment from the surveys that makes us say, “That’s a great idea! Why have we never thought of that before?”
Or it could happen that there will be some common sensus fidelium, or sense of the faithful, that that arises from the survey and gives us some new direction. Maybe God will reveal to us some dormant gift or passion here at Nativity of Mary that we can fan into flames to rouse a new spiritual fervor among us. Surveys will be accepted until February 23, so there is still time for you if you haven’t completed one. You can find the link on our parish website.
I commend the GROW process to the Lord – trusting that He is the Good Shepherd who can lead us to wherever He will have us go.
It could be that Cleopatra’s nose did determine the course of world history. Some scientists also speak about the “Butterfly Effect” – the idea that a butterfly flapping its wings in one part of the world can affect the weather patterns in another part of the world.
I am growing more to believe how every act of love that we offer to God, even those that are seemingly insignificant, can have glorious consequences. What a difference we can make when we can be generous in our offerings of love, giving freely and hopefully, and placing it in God’s hands to do what He will do.
Thanks too for your support of our Catholic United Financial raffle. One little ticket could win you $25,000 or a new Honda CR-V. More importantly you are helping Nativity of Mary parish and school to grow strong and to do beautiful things for God. All proceeds from the raffle stay right here.
There is nothing more exciting than winning by a nose. God helps us to do that every day here at Nativity of Mary.