The Way of Love for the Lord
Chapter 2. Turning our daily lives into prayers (August 27, 1980)
There was a regular customer considering a divorce after having a quarrel with her husband. She told me that she decided to get a divorce because her husband had been unfaithful to her.
After hearing her story, I said to her, “Can you also consider that you might sometimes have been negligent toward your husband and children because of your job and, therefore, you may have to share the responsibility for the current difficulty to some extent? Cover everything with love and forgive your husband. Then, he will feel sorry and do better to you.”
Upon hearing me, she opened her eyes widely and said loudly, “Do you really mean that I should forgive him despite his infidelity?” She kept staring at me and repeatedly said that she could not forgive him. I said, “Yes, I meant that you should forgive him. This problem could only be a passing wind. Realize that it can be a scheme laid by the devil of division who wants to destroy your happy relationship.”
She only said, “No, I simply cannot forgive him. I have been working so hard everyday to earn even a little more money for the family, but this husband of mine does not think about the family but only flirts with another woman, neglecting his hard-working wife and children. How can a normal human person do such a thing? I simply cannot understand.”
I did not want to give up and continued talking to her on the subject of love. As she did not show any sign of changing her mind, I decided to entrust everything to the Lord and to pray. I knew that many women had the habit of getting a haircut when they were depressed. This customer also asked me to cut her hair.
As I began cutting her hair, I made the Sign of the Cross and prayed: “In the Name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit! Lord, manifest Thy glory through this sinful servant.” Then, every time I cut out her hair with scissors, I prayed: “Cut out hatred from her.”, “Cut out anger from her.”, “Cut out the inability to forgive from her.”, “Cut out self-centeredness from her.”, “Cut out all the bad habits from her and her family.”
After I finished cutting her hair, I began shaping her hair with a dryer and prayed: “Jesus! You have cut out every bad thing from her soul. Now, restore order to her soul, restore love that has been lost, and beautifully make up her soul. Thereby, liberate her family from the devil’s scheme to destroy it.
Turn her family into a community that overflows with love so that the Lord will receive glory, the Blessed Mother will receive praise and consolation, and we will ceaselessly sing praise and gratitude.”
At that very moment, I heard the gentle and kind voice of the Lord, filled with joy:
“Yes, My little soul! That is it! That prayer is the prayer of life that I really want. Because this prayer is combined with your love for Me and for your neighbors, it becomes a meek and gracious offering, which flows from the meekness and graciousness in My Heart of Love. This also means that I am in you and live with you. That is why you are My little soul!”