Monthly Archives: May 2014
Here I am, Lord. Please open me to your love and to the gifts of your Spirit.
In today’s Gospel, you remind us again, Jesus, that we do not belong to this world. We will grieve when the world rejoices, but in the end we will rejoice.
That doesn’t mean we are not supposed to be good citizens of the world. Indeed, it is sin and selfishness that corrupt it. We are commanded to be morally correct, not politically correct. Help us to affirm you all the more when the world denies you.
The first gift of the Holy Spirit is Wisdom, “that I may despise the things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal.” Let me reflect on these words. Guide me. Lead me.
Thank you for this day, Lord, especially for
Good Scrabble friends
Learning new information
Calling to reserve a room in Johnstown
Arranging rides to Mass for June
Hearing from Jeanie
Finding out who Sherry is
Lox for breakfast and lunch
Realizing problem with toaster and fixing it
Beginning Novena to the Holy Spirit
Filling bird feeders and checking garden with a friend
What do you want me to learn from this day and this time with you, Lord? I see that my work of ridding myself of some “things of this world” for which I have neither use nor room ties in with the quote about Wisdom. Help me to manage not just the physical possessions but any attachment to them. If I despise them, let me dispose of them. Thy will be done. Be it done unto me. Fiat! So be it. Amen.
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Today, Lord, you will come to me in the closest way possible in this life. I will swallow the Host, but it is you who will consume me, taking me into yourself. I cannot understand this Mystery of mysteries, this Sacrifice of sacrifices, this Sacrament of union. Please show me how to thank you as much as I am able. I rejoice in you,. I glory in you. Work through me and in me. Radiate your love. I want to exist only in you. Let me realize and acknowledge you with every thought, word and deed. Take me, Lord. I am yours.
I want to be your slave, to be owned by you, to be so intent on your will that my own ceases to exist. Yet you invite me to be your friend, as well. How can that be? My master, my king, my Lord, my God — and my friend? You are my confidante. You speak; you listen; you comfort; you confide. Walk with me; stay with me.
I am thankful now, especially for:
A re-arranged apartment
Being prepared for the service
Hearing from Birdie and Shirley
A ride to Mass this weekend
Sending donation for Mass cards
Crohn’s behaving for now
Here I am, Lord. You disappeared into the cloud, but not before promising that you are with us always. Let us reflect and prepare for your Spirit, however he might enlighten us. Spirit of God, show us the meaning of Christ’s words for us today. I resolve to listen, to make an act of submission to your will every time I switch from one activity to another. Thy will be done.
John 16: 11-12
I still have many things to say to you
But they would be too much for you now.
Today, Lord, I am thankful, especially for
1. Waking in time to prepare for SCC
2. A delicious and satisfying French toast cheddar sandwich for breakfast
3. Newly washed clothes to put on
4. Organizing prayer journal
5. Printing Psalm 139
6. Time to reflect quietly
7. Birdie and Francis
8. AHWTW book
9. Reflecting on Ascension
10. Sharing experience of the Spirit
11. An opportunity to witness by providing information and a sympathetic ear
12. An answer to my prayer about ways to help others
13. A cardinal at my window, a downy woodpecker at the suet
Just a few hours ago, Lord, I asked my faith-sharing group to pray that you would show me a means of ministering to someone today. I came home, fixed lunch, and was eating it at the computer while doing crosswords on line. When the phone rang, I felt a moment of irritation, but then I remembered that this was the interruption I had requested. My neighbor just needed a little information and a sympathetic ear, and I was available. Another phone call and a brief visit satisfied her. I am so grateful that you sent her to me, more for my sake, I think, than hers. Please encourage and comfort her.
The readings for the Ascension which we considered at the meeting reiterated this morning’s gospel. When the disciples asked Jesus whether he would immediately restore the kingdom of Israel, he answered, “It is not for you to know the times or seasons.”
It is not good for us to know your plans ahead of time. You instruct us to bear witness and to make disciples of all nations. Sometimes we need words, and if we do ,you provide them. But often it is simply by reflecting your love for us to those we encounter in our faith journey. Just keep us open and listening.
Thank you, Lord, for what has happened so far and for what will happen next. Thank you for the little things that gladden my heart, like a cardinal in my window feeder and a downy woodpecker at the suet box. Thank you for work and play and especially for friends and neighbors. Let us clap our hands and shout for joy as the psalmist exhorts us. (Psalm 47). Thy will be done. Be it done unto me. Fiat! So be it. Amen.
“Yet you are sad at heart…
Still, I must tell you the truth.
It is for your good that I am going
Because unless I go
My Advocate will not come to you,
But if I go,
I will send him to you.”
Before they could absorb it, Lord, you explained to your apostles that you must leave in order to send the Spirit. You knew that after they had witnessed your passion, crucifixion, and resurrection, they would remember how you had prepared them.
So often, we hear you encouraging us and yet we have no idea what lies ahead. Whether we see you or not, we will understand when the time comes. We spend so much time speculating when all we really have to do is to hope, trust, and accept whatever you send. There is really only one prayer, “Thy will be done.” We need to live and breathe for that purpose alone, to affirm you until we do it instinctively. “Quiet. Still. Be.” We don’t need to think. Let us listen.
I don’t know how I will respond to whatever you show me today, but I know that I can dispose myself now to be ready to act with love and alacrity. Spirit of God, guide me. Alert me to your will. I resolve now to go wherever you lead me. Thy will be done. Be it done unto me. Fiat! So be it. Amen.
May 26, 2014
Thank you, Lord, for this day and everything in it.
I have been asked what kind of house I want to build, that is, what I want to leave for future generations. I could think only of my writings. Through them, I hope to share my experience of you with those who will follow. Whether or not they remember me, please help them to see how you have rescued me. Let me do nothing, willfully or not, that might scandalize anyone. When they see my failings, let them see even more clearly how merciful you have been to me through all the joys and sorrows, trials and triumphs, peaceful days and stressful ones. Let me see you in all who went before me, in those who are with me now, and those I have not yet met. Let me love them all in you. Thy will be done. Be it done unto me. Fiat! So be it. Amen.
May 25, 2014
1 Ch 28:20
20 David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished.
This is a father, encouraging his son, offering not the promise of his own help but the infinite help of his God. This is Faith Sharing 101.
Physically, Lord, I am not strong. Nor am I strong of character. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t strengthen me. My friends and family want what is best for me. They can urge me on, but they cannot give me their strength and courage. You can. I trust in you. “My soul hath relied on the Lord.” I am weak, Lord, but I am willing. I will focus on your strength and forget myself.
“Do the work.”
What is my work now? I don’t have a clear view, but I know that you are preparing me for something. In order to be ready to go where you lead me, I have to let go of everything that holds me back. In the physical sense, that means I have to downsize.
This morning, I found myself looking for a place to put things. I realized that I have two slow cookers filling up a shelf. Why would I need more than one? Let my spiritual detachment begin with de-cluttering my environment in the simplest sense. It is time to clean my house and my soul. Help me to make room for you alone.
When my work in the service for the temple of this life is finished, you will draw me into yourself. There will be no more need for strength and courage. Until then, Lord, embolden me. Thy will be done. Be it done unto me. Fiat! So be it. Amen.