Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Isn't it amazing to picture Jesus, fully God and fully man, weeping? It doesn't say he cried or that he was sad, it says He wept. There must have been some serious emotions going on with our Savior. This is incredibly comforting for us, His brothers and sisters. We know now that when we feel great emotions of sadness, fear, frustration, anger, etc.. that He knows them as well. Many have asked why He wept, especially if He knew He was about to raise His dear friend Lazarus from the tomb. I think He wept because of the great pain those around Him were experiencing. His humanity must have also felt pain for losing His close friend. Martha and Mary were close to Him too. Their sadness weighed on Him. But He may have also wept because He knew Lazarus was going to eventually face another death. I don't know. Whatever the reason, our Lord understands sadness, and that is encouraging to us in this valley of tears.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
Is there a time in our day, or night, when we play a secret chord for God? What is that simple little sound from our lives that pleases Jesus? Scripture says that without faith it is impossible to please Him. This does not mean that we won't have doubt. Our faith springs forth from our doubts, like the geyser, Old Faithful, springs from the earth. Without recognizing and dealing with our doubts, our faith will be shallow and easily overcome. My greatest tests of faith so far have always been born from my greatest and most troubling doubts. For instance, I do not know how we will make it to the goal set before us, but I know that faith will have something to do with it. So will grace and mercy. So will hope and pain. So will doubt. So will love. The cross of Jesus is not about having it all figured out, but it is the doorway to something that makes our doubts bloom into the rose pedals of a beautiful faith.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Life and death are mysterious. We are not asked if we would like to be born, nor are we asked if we would like to die. Both of these are gifts. While we are here, we learn that humility is the greatest way to Truth, Hope, and Love. Faith without humility is once more the devil in the garden of our minds. He comes there when we are full of self righteous pride and tempts us to be like God. Same old shtick, same old results. But Jesus comes and gives us a way out. Humility. It's not easy to stumble upon it, and holding on to it is like bottling the rays of the moon. When you graduate from one thing in your life and begin a new thing, look hard for ways to embrace humility as you go. St. Francis referred to Mary as the moon, she reflected the sun all through the night. Her humility allows this. I pray we can be so humble as to reflect the light of our Lord to this dark world.
Friday, May 22, 2009
My dear friend, Fr. Greg Michaud, reminds me often that walking with
God, though incredibly mysterious, is incredibly simple. We make it
hard with our "issues". It is simple to pray, believe, and wait. It is
hard when praying is confused with talking to ourselves instead of
God, believing in an idea of God that has nothing to do with God, and
waiting for a door to open that God may not have placed before us.
See, we make this journey a mess with our un-childlike ways.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
We need a refuge in this rain storm of pain, frustration, and
confusion. We need a refuge in this desert of loneliness, dry hearts,
and silence. We need a refuge in this blue night of cold breath,
starless skies, and the never appearing dawn. We need a refuge in this
land of shadows, stark words, and broken dreams. We need a refuge.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
forms...--Fr. Benedict Groeschel from his book, "Listening at Prayer".
If we think we can do any of this spiritual life on our own without
God's help, we are mistaken. If you stop reading this and pray right
now, it is because of grace. Yet, somehow, it is still a choice we
make. It is too mysterious, but it is also too simple. What we have
building here is a foundation of thankfulness. We are always moving
toward the Eucharist, which means "thanksgiving". He made us. He gave
us life and breath. He is patient with us in our sin. He sent His Son
so that we might know His crazy love for us. He daily tries to remind
us that without Him we are lost. We have the Church with the
Sacraments to help us in the journey. He even gave us His very own
mother to be our mother while He was on the cross! We could go on and
on with the things He does to draw us to Himself. St. Therese, the
Little Flower said it best, "Everything is grace."
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Sunday, May 10, 2009
The clumsy never get used to falling. It hurts just as bad the 50th time as
it did the 5th. The humility of loving someone who is mysterious and vague
is always perplexing. The kiss from the one who loves you is always
wonderful, even after so many years. The little things in this painful life
are always the most beautiful. Friendship, laughter, delight, a good steak,
a glass of red wine, a call from someone who just wanted say hello. The best
things are simple. God made us to live simple lives, but no, we have to
complicate them with sin, deceit, envy, jealousy, dreams that have nothing
to do with Him at all. But even so, He does not give up on us. He is there
when we fall 51 times. He is there though He is mysterious and vague. To
adore Him is to kiss His lips. We must not stop trying to follow Him up the
hill to Golgotha. No matter what, it is very simple, we all have to die on a
cross. And when we learn how to do this, we will experience His simple
liberty that is becoming His love. In this we learn to love oursleves,
others, and His simple Heart.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
situation, and seeks out good. His inscrutable love seeks our
We are sleepwalkers. We all are able to fall asleep standing up. One
minute grace is leading us and we are wide awake in the great
adventure of faith, and then, suddenly, we fall asleep in the light.
We go through the motions and the motions go through us. We are like
zombies in our relationship with God. We mouth the words and every so
often we feel a tug on our hearts to awaken. We toss and turn as if in
a dream, we try to scream, but can't make a sound. This is a state of
darkness where we can only wait for God. He must be doing something we
don't understand. He must be trying to wake something in us we don't
even know about. It can be about the scariest thing to go through in
this journey. I know I am scared.
Friday, May 8, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Sunday, May 3, 2009
What would we see if we saw the world through Jesus' eyes? Jesus sees through the facade of the times. He sees through our spiritual pride and our fears. Jesus sees beyond our false ideas of self. Scripture says that He knows the heart of man. What did He see when He saw a sunset? Did He laugh at puppies playing? When He saw suffering, did He feel pity for those going through it, or did He feel something beyond pity? He saw everything perfectly. He saw with the eyes of wisdom, patience, hope, and love. When we see a sunset or someone suffering, we see it as through a glass dimly. We do not know one anothers hearts, we don't even know our own. The reality of our world is not beyond our Lord's vision. What you and I go through everyday is known by our Beloved, and knowing that He sees it as it truly is, should bring us courage to trust Him. In this, we can pray and ask Him daily to let us see ourselves, things, and people around us with His loving eyes of truth.