Friday, February 22, 2013

The Father Speaks at the Transfiguration

This is My Beloved Son. Listen to Him.

You don’t have to go looking for Him
in a foreign country,
or among great teachers or academics.

He doesn’t make Himself available only to the holy ones
or only to very important people.

He is here
    with you.

As the Breviary has it,
“when you seek me with all your heart
you will find me
with you”. (Jer 29)

Just go within
and you will find Him
waiting for you
in the depths of your heart.

This is the One I am pointing out to you.

This is My Beloved Son. Listen to Him.

This is a statement of the Holy Trinity.
The Father speaks in the first Person
in the possessive: ‘MY’

“Son” is Jesus, the second Person,
who proceeds from the Father.

“Beloved” expresses the love which constantly flows
from Father to Son
and from Son back to Father
and is so real that this Love is
the Third Person - the Holy Spirit.

This is My Beloved Son. Listen to Him.

You may not hear audible words
but nonetheless you can “hear” Him.

He speaks in the Scriptures
which you read and hear every day.

He speaks in homilies, books, the teachings of the Church.

Can you hear Him in the cry for help
from a distressed sister or brother?

Or in one who needs to share his/her joy?

He speaks to you in the sound of music,
the singing of birds,
and in all the beauties of nature:
        sounds, colors, textures, shapes of flowers,
leaves, trees, mountains, clouds, sunsets.

People you love speak loudly of Him,
do you hear?

Through all these He tells you of His love,
His beauty,
His truth,
His wisdom,
His understanding,
His compassion.

This is My Beloved Son. Listen to Him.

Who is it you are listening to?

Him:   My Beloved
and your Beloved.

May He be music to your ears,
Wisdom in your mind,
Love in your heart.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

True Love

"To fall in love with God is the greatest of all romances;

to seek Him, the greatest adventure;

to find Him, the greatest human achievement." 
(St. Augustine)

On this day, we give praise and thanks to God for our dear Sister Mary Gemma of St. Dominic as she celebrates the 70th Anniversary of her Religious Profession!

When reflecting on the monastic life and the Eucharist, Sister Mary Gemma states: " of the most beautiful elements of this life for me is the constant presence of a Dominican Nun kneeling in Eucharistic adoration...His (Christ's) Body and Blood has the awesome power to transform our hearts and to draw us more deeply into the divine life of the Trinity. Sharing in the divine nature, we are energized in the Presence of that tremendous life-giving love. As we are gradually transformed into the likeness of Christ we are filled with His deep peace and serene joy. His is the love we have been seeking all our lives."  

May our Mother Church and our Order be blessed with many more fervent vocations like that of Sr. Mary Gemma, who lives her life faithfully, joyously and with utmost humility, all for the love of God and for the salvation of souls...a beautiful witness of God's love to the Church and to us all.

Deo Gratias!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Beginning Again

Spring is here and we are beginning to see how nature is renewing itself. This is one of the reasons why it is so appropriate for Lent to be in the Spring of the year - it is a time for our own renewal, a new beginning, a revitalization, a fresh start.

The liturgical readings during the first half of Lent encourage us to conversion. Yes, we have probably tried many times before, to conquer a weakness, a failing, a sin. But each time we became weary of the struggle and gradually gave up the effort.

Instead of concentrating on our negative or sinful qualities, it might be more successful to focus on the positive practice of the opposite virtue. Then the positive will crowd out the negative. For instance, if our downfall is gluttony, we could plan and follow a healthy diet. Or if our trouble spot is anger, we could see how many times each day we can speak gently to someone. Or if our weakness is criticism, we might try to see how often we can praise another. If we have a tendency to laziness, we could each day find a truly needy person or family in whose life we can make a real difference.

These may seem like simple things, but if they are truly combating our weakness, it will not be easy. However it will be a challenge. We are too weak to do it alone but God is here to help us. He is our cheerleader, our coach, staying close and urging us on. We can almost hear Him encouraging, “Come on. You can do it. Keep going, you’re doing fine. I’m here to help you, just ask Me. Oopps! You slipped, but OK get up and keep going. Good!, keep moving. It’s worth the effort.” God wants us to succeed even more than we do ourselves. And He will do anything to help us reach our goal. He even suffered and died for each of us as if we were the only one who needed Him. By looking at the positive and keeping close to Jesus, we can even have a happy Lent.

May these 40 days be for you an energetic but peaceful growth in virtue and therefore a happy Lent.