The power (P.W.R) of prayer! “Whatever good work you begin to do, beg of God with most earnest prayer to perfect it.” ― Benedict of Nursia
I’m pretty sure that I was intended for the 1800’s in terms of my approach to life from the ground up, the simpler, the better. But, here’s the thing, I love technology and the ability to connect with the resources I need at a moments […]
There is something beautiful about growing a garden indoors during wintertime. Something deeply enduring about a life brought to fruition in what would normally be a cold, rather doldrum season. Through this simple task of sowing seeds, I find myself giddy with joy. I am eager to share this simple source of happiness with my children and give with it a lesson that will leave an imprint upon their hearts. My thoughts turn to Galatians 6:7-8 in which it is written:
For what things a man shall sow, those also shall he reap. For he that soweth in his flesh, of the flesh also shall reap corruption. But he that soweth in the spirit, of the spirit shall reap life everlasting. -Douay-Rheims translation
Like a seed newly-planted, we can either take root and happily grow where we are planted or we can lay waste in a planter of self-pity due to “less than perfect” conditions. In life, too, we can either make the best of the situations we find ourselves in…and with the people we find ourselves around. Or we grumble and groan because “life isn’t fair” or so-and-so doesn’t want to do what we want them to do. Although we may not be able to change the situation we are in, we can certainly change our outlook…our attitude…and our actions. When we “sow” positivity, we also “reap” positivity. It becomes a part of who we are are, how we treat others, and how we ourselves are treated. The same can be said about a negative outlook.
The only question to be answered is this: Which do you choose?
Saints Elizabeth Seton, Frances Cabrini and John Neumann are powerful witnesses to the Gospel of life. May we come to better know, love, and serve God as emulated by them, in their everyday lives. Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Saint Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton, a prominent […]
In our Unit Study on the Pilgrims, we have been reading about the exodus of the Pilgrims from England to the Netherlands, where they lived and worked for over a decade before coming to the New World. On Friday, our attention turned to the story of […]
As Christmas comes to a close, I shut my eyes for just a moment and linger a little longer in the sounds and smells of Christmas. I’ve got a gingerbread cake in the oven, a surprise for my kids after quiet time, and I’m simply enjoying life in my lounge chair with a Bailey’s coffee…a gift from a good friend this Christmas.
I reflect on the homily at church today, and our pastor’s comparison between the Epiphany and The Close Encounters of the Third Kind, a movie that I remember well from my childhood. Like the scientists, who traveled to Devil’s Tower in Wyoming in search of the great mothership, the Magi traveled to Bethlehem in search of the Christ child.
I imagine myself traveling with those scientists to Devil’s Tower…or, better yet, with the Magi that night long ago when they followed the star to Bethlehem for “the big reveal.”
Did the they know for sure what they would see?
Did they wonder about their own sanity?
Second guess their calculations?
Whatever their doubts, they set them aside in search of all that was true, good, and beautiful.
Those three words remind me of another homily I read earlier this morning, which speaks volumes about the world we live in today:
“Herod is looking for the wrong things, searching in the wrong places, destroying to shore-up his political position, conspiring to annihilate perceived opponents. But the magi take the humble, submissive and wise approach. They seek what is right and true and beautiful. They journey in search of the good, the wondrous, the ultimate. They head out into the dangerous night, risking their lives in search of Divine Light.”
At what point, did the Magi know that they would not, could not return to Herod? That what they had found [were going to find] was too true and good and beautiful to allow the world to be as it was before.
In his 2014 Epiphany homily, Pope Francis challenges us in a similar way:
“May we sense the Magi at our side, as wise companions on the way. Their example helps us to lift our gaze towards the star and to follow the great desires of our heart. They teach us not to be content with a life of mediocrity, of “playing it safe”, but to let ourselves be attracted always by what is good, true and beautiful… by God, who is all of this, and so much more!”
For 2017, my goal is simple: To hold fast to that which is true, good, and beautiful and let go of the things that are not.
To choose right and let go of wrong.
To choose love and let go of hate
To choose the present and let go of the past.
May you find what you seek in the new year. May you feel at peace when emotions are high. May you recognize hope when it appears before you and stares you in the eye.
Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Baptism of Our Lord, bringing to close the season of Christmas. “The Lord was baptized, not to be cleansed himself, but to cleanse the waters, so that those waters, cleansed by the flesh of Christ, might have the power […]