Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Knowledge and Wisdom come from experience, the good and the bad, the Alpha and Omega. From experience one can grow if one chooses. So Go! Experience! Experience a lot, but don't stop there. Dissect the experience, allow it to refine you, reform you, transform you. Ask what you should be learning, where is the lesson? Learn what to keep and what to let fall away, but only after careful examination of all the pieces and parts. Sometimes what we want to throw away holds the greatest truth, the most refining properties, the greatest trans-formative experience.
Don't limit yourself and more importantly don't limit God. Who you are becoming is more important than who you are, and certainly more important that who you were. Embrace the becoming.
Wednesday, May 11, 2016
So Father Dan's homily today about being in the world but not of the world really struck a chord with me. He explained that he is also in the world... trying not to be of the world. When he reads newspaper articles or things online he feels well that's not really the world that I'm living in and there is a bit of discomfort there. This to me was so comforting because I also thought I do feel that awkwardness and uncomfortable feeling sometimes when I read about the crazy things going on in the world and think ..what world are we living in? So it made me think of the Gospel today. John writes that Jesus shared a prayer to his apostles to the Father. "Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one just as we are one. I gave them your word, and the world hated them, because they do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world." The visual I got from this was to have one foot in this world and one foot in another... in the Kingdom. When we have one foot in one world and one foot somewhere else we are unstable, struggling, straddling. There is an awkwardness that has us off balance. But when we lean on one foot, leaning into God and the promise of the Kingdom , pressing into his world, we make that choice to press into Him and His word and we stabilize. Now it's not to say we don't wrestle back and forth, because Lord knows I do, but I think it is a great reminder today, with Pentecost coming, knowing that we are full of the Holy Spirit that we will always have with us. That spirit that guards against the enemy, the one ready to devour us at any moment. "I do not ask that you take them out of the world but that you keep them from the Evil One. Your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world." It is a delicate balance trying to live in the world but not be of the world, but leaning into the Word will give us the truth.
Thursday, April 28, 2016
Today's readings are so simple, so pure, so direct. When I taught PSR last year the catechist shared this simple principle with the kids. God gave us rules to follow in this life, not to keep us restricted , but to keep us safe. To prevent us from bringing unnecessary harm to ourselves and others. These "rules" the commandments, when followed keep our hearts pure and free from sin, sin that disorders our lives. All stress and anxiety and pain can almost always be traced back to sin. This Hymn begins our guide for today.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Friday, September 18, 2015
Many wonder why I go to church every day. Someone even thought I started working at the church, as if the only reason was because I had to. I started attending daily mass a few years ago. The more I went, the more I needed to go. I can't think of a better way to start my day. In the word of God. My daily mass community has become like family. We pray for each other, we pray for you or maybe for someone you love that is struggling with the loss of a loved one, an addiction, an illness. We pray for thanksgiving, for answered prayers, for safe travels and for those who have no one to pray for them. We cover it all, in prayer. So when I'm asked for prayers, this is where I take them, to daily mass. As a lector and an Extra Ordinary Minister of the Eucharistic I am also at times asked to serve. I bring life to the word as a part of the mass, as part of the body of the church. Every day in the word are life lessons and reminders. The word may not be for me that day. But it never falls on deaf ears. It may be for one of the many people in my path that day. It may be for you, someone you know, someone you love or for someone that needs to hear it. I carry the message of that word in my heart all day and it sustains me. It brings me a calm I never knew before. I don't go because I'm a saint, I go because I'm a sinner. Daily mass gives me life, forgiveness and I am healed by the body and blood of Jesus. I'm given a new chance, every day, to be better and do better. That's why.