Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Where did you meet your best friend?

"It is true. God is real!"
How do I know that? 
"Because I met him on the way of the cross."

I read recently that a friend is made when you realize they have suffered the same as you. A perminent connection is created and immediate empathy, forgiveness, and love is found. I have one earthly friend that fits this description perfectly. But I also have Christ whom I met in the darkest days of my life. I fell deeply in love with Him when I was given the grace to realize the anguish he suffered in order to save me from my trials. His life became personal, but I could never have seen it unless I too shared in suffering. Unless I grit my teeth and gave my suffering to him willingly.

We naturally shy away from pain and sorrow and suffering, and that will not change, but what can change is the way we suffer. Avoiding it or trying to run away from the pain is like trying to do it all by yourself. But reaching out and doing all we can, humanly speaking, while giving it all to Christ, we suffer with the promise of hope and healing. How can I say that? Because we find a friend in Christ when we realize his depth of suffering for love of us; consequently, He finds a friend in us when we unite our sufferings with His. When united in suffering, our weaknesses becomes strength, our fear turns away for love to enter, our pain takes on a much more clearer meaning. Nothing from in our person accomplishes this, but from the Person of Christ in us and  us in Him.....if we allow Him.  

How do I know? So you may know.  There is no other means in this world that proves that God is not far off on a lofty cloud, but right here in our every moment, than when we give Him our sufferings in union with His own.  He is real, he is alive, he is Peace. And these cannot be generated by breathing slow or stretching frequently...although these help us very much...but true peace is given by, in, and with Christ Himself.

May you all already know this peace, if not may you receive this peace in knowing Jesus is your best of friend by realizing He knows exactly how you have suffered.

God love ya!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Lets dig in the dirt!

The sunshine today makes me look forward to spring and attempting once again to grow some veggies and flowers. Something I always want to do, but not the best at, is raising a fruitful garden. But again and again, I try. I desire garden veggies, but do not have all the tools to make it a complete success. Striving for holiness is sort of like that. We desire and persist, but we need God's help. "Remember God helps us to overcome, " said my priest. So lets continue to encrouage each other to always look to God to help us each to dig in the earth and our attempts at digging in our souls in the attempt of bringing forth a harvest.

With that in mind, I leave you with this quote:

"To be a saint does not mean that one has no faults, 
but that those faults be free 
from malice and be not cherished or fostered.
Sanctity grows in soil that is loosened by uprooting faults."

By Father Joseph Schryvers, C.Ss.R.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

You are not alone.

Enter in to Christ.

Every sorrow you have has already been felt and turned into mercy by our great Lord, Jesus. He only waits for you to give your pain and sorrows to Him so you may experience the healing he has already earned for you. Alls he asks is for you to:
"Give him your heart."
"That is what makes us into saints"

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

We all struggle when we lead.

Therefore, I resolve to cry....
"Lead, Lord, for I follow."

None of us are free from struggles. And believe me it is easier to write words than it is to lineup to them. For everything I write is first a reminder to me that I need The Lord and I have great difficulties following his will rather than mine. None so us exempt...but all of us are called to follow him. "Sell all you have and come follow me," says The Lord. Leave your worries,your unnecessary activities and spend these next fourth days seeking God. Join your efforts with some form of daily sacrifice...for "it is in weakness that (we each) know that we are strong." For God supplies the poor with Rich Food. 

Together we will climb the mountain of The Lord.

Sunday, February 10, 2013

EutraWHAT?

Eutrapalia
Definition: witty, graceful fun


There is no healthy mind without eutrapalia. It frees the senses, enlivens the body, rests the spirit. If you ever followed me on a walk on our park's trail, you may catch the weird lady jumping up and tickling leaves. I feel so giddy when I kiss God's leaves, or jump and tickle them...touching his art work...his animals, breathing in the air, feeling snow flakes on the nose, feeling the rain...all signs of life. We must laugh! We must enjoy his treasures found everywhere and in one another. When we are busy, we don't see it. but it important for us because it is "normal" and is healthy for mind, body and soul.... So go have some pure, holy fun. And show your kids how too.

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...
It's about learning to dance in the rain...
Live simply, Love generously,
Care deeply, Speak kindly &
Leave the rest to God"
                      -found at classicallycatholic.blogspot.com/2008/06/eutrapalia-virtue-for-all-seasons-extra.html 

Saturday, February 9, 2013

"Grossly abnormal." There, it was said.

"One of the greatest necessities in America is to discover creative solitude."
Carl Sandburg

At Mass today the priest gave a homily that my soul seemed to be waiting to hear someone else put into words. After Mass I asked this very holy, gracious dear priest if I may have a copy of his homily to share with friends. "Suurrre." He kiddingly said to me. He took out a little paper with a few quotes on it and gave it to me. I asked where his words were and he told me I had to remember them myself. He wanted me to ponder his words and take what I needed...which I knew needed to be shared with you all.

He quoted a  Dr. W. R. Luxton, who wrote, "I cannot overstate the importance of the habit of quiet meditation for health of body, mind, and spirit. Modern man's life is grossly abnormal...We have neither time nor opportunity for quiet...We need to explore our lives...as we sit quietly and unhurried in his presence."

God has proven this need for quiet meditation in very profounds ways in my life. And I point all the healing and removal of profound fear in my life to the silent surrendering before Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. In that I was healed in mind, body and spirit. For over night 6 years ago I went from active mom to an afraid, ill, and incable person whom I knew not. In those dark years God introduced me to myself, but only because he was my only peace. He is the only peace for us ALL. And if we do not give ourselves to silence with him, we will never know what it means to live...to truly know ourselves and be at peace. It is actually normal to abandon ourselves to God, for he is the Almighty and is Love itself. Tell yourself this and believe....and sit with your Creator. Listen. He loves you.



Monday, February 4, 2013

Believe that God Is.

"But without faith it is impossible to please God. For he that cometh to God 
must believe that he is: and is a rewarder to them that seek him."
Hebrews 11:6

God wants us to seek him solely. To run to him only. To gaze toward his face and "know" he will help. But if we are always running busy with activities, religious or secular, we must ask ourselves what are we chasing? Are we seeking God himself? Because if we are, we would come to know that even the breathe for today is supplied by him. We would beg him in humility and with gratitude for the gifts he will supply. Why? Because he gives for our greater good, so one day he can supply us with the heavenly promises Christ has earned for us, this is true even for the sufferings that come. All is permitted for a greater good.

So if today is a struggle and you can hardly think straight or get out of bed, know you are loved. You are called to seek God wherever you are and seek him with all the strength given to you today. For if today's strength is minimal, your desire for him will draw blessings that your mind can never have imagined. Our God is VERY Good. We cannot imagine his profound love for us, for you. That is why he is always waiting to give his blessings and to help us. But if we go about seeking the gifts and not him by means we find "good," we probably will end up going in circles and getting frustrated since it is we ourselves that is doing the guiding.

To seek God: frequent the Sacraments regularly, pray daily, especially silent prayer where you are just sitting at his feet to listen, devote yourself to your vocation and with that the daily duty God has already supplied you with. This is where you will find him because he has been with you all the while. And he is eager for you to know.


Saturday, February 2, 2013

Nothing?

St. Teresa of Avila tells us to strive to union with God by not trying to. What!? I happen to agree 100%. What does she mean? I am venturing to try to put it in words to ease those who try very hard to get closer to God and find themselves frustrated. I know because I am one of them. Then God taught me a lesson the hard way...

First, know this: God wants to be close to you too. He wants you to know His love and His closeness, so we do not have to force him, so to speak, by our efforts. Rather the efforts we make should be to strive to simply "be" with Him every day by being with him in all our moments of the day. How? Jesus tells us already, whoever loves the Father follows His Commandments. We need to make efforts to change our lives by living well. The Sacraments give us the grace to do so and prayer gives us the clarity of mind and heart to do so. That is it. If we are seeking a certain gift or asking for a certain virtue, we begin to make that a god in itself. Really our focus should be God himself, not His gifts. just to be with God in prayer and in our daily duty is the secret to holiness. This is nothing new and nothing from my mind...it is taught and modeled by Christ! It is witnessed by the great Saints and written by the Doctors of the Church. And the Blessed Mother told us it at Fatima.

Now, I guess this is not a total lack of doing "nothing" to grow closer to God, but it is clarifying that grace and virtue are given as we live the call to holiness..."doing the little things with great love." As St. Therese would say. It is not gained by a checklist of steps. It is one step....one moment at a time...toward God. Remember: It is in the present moment that we enter eternity!