is an old Jewish saying which goes that no matter how dark the tapestry
God weaves for us there is always a thread of grace. I pray that we may
always find the luminous thread of His grace
woven into the tapestry of our lives.
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When we think
of getting gifts, we think
about those things that we want and those things that we need.
let's be honest, when we think "need" we are
thinking of what we want. Which leads us to a question: if we
given something that we in no way want, can it ever be called a gift?
If you are
like me, I am sure that when you pray
you often ask Jesus to help you "be" or "do" something.
a friend once shared a prayer that reminded me of
should ask Jesus to help us not to be and not to do.
youngest, is now moving from little
boyhood to just boyhood; more and more interested in TV and trucks than
in "I love you mom." Sigh. I was listening to a
that I recorded over two years ago, and, well, come and reminisce with
me for a few moments.
think of mortification of the
comes to mind? Hair shirts and hard, hard fasting?
Mortification is, however, much more about what happens
you and Christ than what happens to your body. As with many
things spiritual, let us not confuse the means with the ends.
How often we
confuse the difference between
punishment and consequences. True, consequences, like
can be unpleasant. The "why" of how we experience either of
two makes all the difference.
privileged to be part of the program Mary's Touch.
I have found that the gift of the Blessed Mother is as much
the sharing of the stories about Her as it is in Her sharing of Her Son
with the world.
I am so sorry
- I have been away for the
days and, unfortunately, will be for the next few days as well.
In the meantime I want to share one of my favorite
with you. It reminds us that Lent is really not about fasting
doing without, but about faith.
ever noticed that when many people
talk to a baby how happy they become? They do not see, or rather see
past, all of their troubles and worries. No, all of their
responsibilities do not magically disappear. Rather, they
come to a deep and immediate understanding of what's really important:
love and life. One of the many gifts of the Christ Child is the
opportunity to see the forest and not the trees.
I am just
back this morning, and I will tell
about the weekend later this week. Until then, let me ask you
what are we afraid of, really? Do we not know where we are
in life, or after, for that matter? Surely we should.