When I Feel Unseen and Insignificant

Sacred Space: A Little Book of Encouragement - edited by Vinita Hampton Wright

The popular prayer site Sacred Space is a joint apostolate of the Irish Jesuits and Loyola Press. We publish the Sacred Space books for Advent and Lent, and a Sacred Space prayer book for the year. This year, we compiled Sacred Space materials that focus on the topic of encouragement, and the result is Sacred Space: A Little Book of Encouragement. For your encouragement today, enjoy this sample.

When I Feel Unseen and Insignificant

Soon afterwards he went on through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. The twelve were with him, as well as some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities: Mary, called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna, the wife of Herod’s steward Chuza, and Susanna, and many others, who provided for them out of their resources.

—Luke 8:1–3

Reflect

We know little about Susanna and Joanna other than that they were happy to follow Jesus and were recognized by Luke as disciples. Just think of all those “quiet” disciples whose lives and prayers have contributed to the church but who have left little evident legacy. Who do I know who’s living a quiet but influential life? And do I ever feel that my own efforts are overlooked or insignificant?

Pray

God, for all—especially women—who support others through their presence, help them draw encouragement from knowing that Jesus sees, recognizes, and loves their passionate service. I include myself in this prayer today, because sometimes I feel invisible and unimportant.

About Vinita Hampton Wright 91 Articles
Vinita Hampton Wright has served as senior editor at Loyola Press for 16 years and recently became managing editor of the trade books department. She has written various fiction and non-fiction books, including the novel Dwelling Places with HarperOne, Days of Deepening Friendship and The Art of Spiritual Writing for Loyola Press, and most recently, The St. Teresa of Avila Prayer Book for Paraclete Press. Vinita is a student and practitioner of Ignatian spirituality, and from 2009 to 2015 she blogged at Days of Deepening Friendship. For the past few years, she has co-led small groups through the 19th Annotation of the Spiritual Exercises. She lives in Chicago with her husband, three cats, and a dog. In her “spare” time these days, she is working on her next novel.

13 Comments on When I Feel Unseen and Insignificant

  1. Vinita,
    Thank you for this beautiful multifaceted reflection about the “quiet” and “invisible” disciples – especially women – among us. They and – you – are a reflection of the true fullness and inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Thank you.
    Rob

  2. Thank you Vinita for this beautiful reflection and prayer. Our parish has so many such women who are inspirational in service to the Gospel. Phil

  3. What a gift you are, Vinita. I am going through a mini-crisis at this time, and feeling insignificant because of it. Your words and a conversation with my daughter-in-law today have pulled me back into focus. Thank you for the challenge to my status quo. A.

  4. I may feel invisible and unimportant but I am awareof the Mercy of Jesus and I pray for it every day, for I am a sinner, like the rest of us.

  5. Dear Vinita, if you feel insignificant, what must a lot of us feel. You have given so much encouragement to others ;with your beautiful writings??. Thank you so much. Also to Annette, I hope you are letting your crises _JUST let it go! Many people know of your worth. Pray for the others, they need it!
    . A.M.D.G.

  6. Vinita, you who give so much of yourself to others, especially with your thoughtful, insightful reflections, to feel insignificant,. ; that makes me feel really depressed. I try hard but sometimes feel I am not on the right track and in need of spiritual direction, instead of trying to be one. God bless you and your work. A.M.D.G.

  7. Vinita,
    I have followed you from the beginning.
    I think you must be an amazing spiritual director. I live over many ponds from you. Always read every post watched every video, followed retreats DDF
    I dream one day of meeting you and taking part in an Ignation retreat.
    AMDG

    • I am humbled by what you have written. I’m in a program now to earn a certificate in spiritual direction. I hope to be doing that in another year or two!
      Peace,
      Vinita

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