Sunday, April 6, 2014

Trusting God When It Hurts

Lent has just a few more days, a couple of weeks and then we are released to serve in the joy of the Easter season.

I'm unsure about this Lent. My previous Lenten experiences seemed so certain, so obvious. It seems like this one was about trusting through uncertainty. What sacrifice can I give to God for everything He has done for me?

I can fold and put away laundry instead of reading a chapter in a book.

I can look up and be present to my husband or child when they want to talk, putting aside my idea of what I need to do at the moment.

I can choose to trust that There Is A Plan for suffering, and I will be able to handle anything that happens.

I can take time to think through and plan.

Lent isn't over, but I'm on my way.



The Lord bless you and protect you;
The Lord smile on you and be gracious to you;
The Lord show you His favor and give you His peace.
Be a saint!  
 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

A Gentle Lent

I'm very much hoping for a gentle Lent. Each Lent I have felt like a boxer, bruised and beaten by my opponent. I've felt victorious, but battered.

Its not so much the things that *I've* given up as what I was *asked* to give up. I do mean asked as in not having a choice with what was given up, but needing to give it up, while it was forcibly taken, cheerfully.

Each year I did have certain things which I 'gave up,' such as chocolate, honey on my cereal or ice cream, but it was the things which were taken that were my *real* Lenten sacrifice.

Jobs. Houses. Churches. Friends. Dreams.

Not so cheerful.

Some of my bruises from past Lents still feel tender.

Each year before Lent I have been given a 'word' or a 'theme' for the upcoming spiritual year. This year I received the word "gratitude" on a little card from our women's Endow study group on suffering

When I saw the "EE gentle Lent" quote was from St. Francis de Sales, I was hooked. Every day, I read a quote from him before I go to sleep at night.

"Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, then, put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations, and say continually: "The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him and I am helped. He is not only with me but in Me and I in Him."

I feel like I need a gentle Lent; I'm really hoping for a gentle Lent, but I'm giving up worrying.

"The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him and I am helped. He is not only with me but in Me and I in Him."

Lenten Reading: An Introduction to the Devout Life (Tan Classics)

Lenten Listening: Lent at Ephesus

Lenten Praying: Liturgy of the Hours, Night Prayer (Compline)

The Lord bless you and protect you;
The Lord smile on you and be gracious to you;
The Lord show you His favor and give you His peace.
Be a saint!  
 

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Welcome CRHP Sister! and Nature Walk with Thomas A' Kempis

Welcome CRHP Sisters! School started to consume me, so I haven't published in almost a month!

So shocking.

I'm longing for the return of warm summer days, and I found this 'nature walk' in my archives, unpublished.

Enjoy!

"The more a man is united within himself and inwardly simple, so much the more and deeper things does he understand without labour; for he receives the light of understanding from on high."


"A man of pure, simple, and steadfast spirit is not distracted by the multitude of things he has to do; for he does all for the honour of God, and strives to keep himself inwardly free from all self-seeking."


"O how quickly passes away the glory of the world! O that their life had been in keeping with their learning! Then they would have studied and lectured to good purpose."


"How many perish in the world by vain learning, since they set small store upon the service of God."


"And because they choose to be great rather than humble, therefore do they become vain in their speculations."


"He is truly great who has great love of God."


"He is truly prudent who esteems all earthly things as dung, that he may win Christ."


"And he is truly most learned, who does the will of God and forsakes his own."

My soul says "YES!!!!"


Quotations taken from The Imitation of Christ, Book 1 Chapter 4.

Further up, and further in!



The Lord bless you and protect you;
The Lord smile on you and be gracious to you;
The Lord show you His favor and give you His peace.