St. Martha should be a particular patron for Americans. Like her we tend toward action, toward doing something. We judge ourselves and others, and others judge us, on what we have accomplished. This is true even with God — we figure we have to do something in order to get God into our life. We work at prayer so we can somehow or other earn God’s favor. Jesus chides Martha: “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things.” The foundation of the spiritual life is that we don’t do for God, God does for us. Our starting point must be to be receptive to the love that God showers upon us willy-nilly. Whatever we do is a response to what God does for us.