I was participating in an exhibition in Russia on behalf of Saint Elisabeth Convent. Another busy day was over. I was exhausted and not feeling well. I could not wait to lay down in my bed and go to sleep.
We were staying with a very nice family who took great care of us. As soon as I entered the door, my hosts greeted me with the question, "Mother, will you forgive us? Our extended family have come to see us. They want to talk to you. Would you mind spending some time with them?"
Honestly, my first reaction was confusion. I was tired, my legs were aching, and wanted to be left alone. But a moment later, it occurred to me that these people must have some reason to talk to me, some problem for which they might want my advice as a medical doctor. Would it be fair to turn them away?
So I met them, and we talked for another hour. To my surprise, I felt refreshed, invigorated. The fatigue was gone as if I had been resting all day. To me, this incident showed the power of the Lord to give us the strength and energy to serve others.
That does not mean that we do not need to rest, or that we should use our time indiscriminately. Yet we always benefit - spiritually and even physically - by overcoming ourselves to help another.
So let us take care of ourselves by taking care of others. May the Lord save and protect you!
Nun Maria (Litvinova)
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