Timely message

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Having finished with laundry Tuesday afternoon I came back here to work on the church website, but I couldn’t stop thinking about an article in the Word among us (October, 2009).

The ol’ pea brain processes information at warp speed and goes off on many tangents; but only meaningful connections, usually prompted by discomforting disequilibrium, impact real learning.

Sunday, Sunday

Then, out of the blue Sunday afternoon I got a call from a saintly woman I met while teaching CCE at St. Paul’s.

Irene’s gone through a lot in life, especially these past two years.  Her oldest child was killed in a car collision as he and his younger sister drove to their grandfather’s house in the Valley.  What an emotional roller coaster ride it’s been!  Irene misses her son so much that, oftentimes, she’s inconsolable.  Still, she accepts God’s will and continues to be proactively involved in prayer and at church.

Although we seldom communicate, other than through an occasional letter, Irene called because she’d just found my telephone number on the little piece of paper I’d given her two years ago!  She wanted to hear my voice because I always make her feel better, she said.  So we talked for almost an hour, crying, laughing, praising God.  Then, at the end, she asked me to pray over her.

What a simple request!  Irene’s a terroncito de azucar, a sweet innocent, despite her grandmotherliness.  I’m so in awe of her faithfulness to God and her devotion to the Blessed Mother through the Franciscan Crown, that she’s truly a hero in my eyes.  So, of course, I felt like the mouse that helped the lion in one of Aesop’s fables.  And,  afterwards, we got so quiet that we just hung up.

A bit later I received an email from my friend, Rose.  She’d missed seeing us at Mass that morning because her illness had kept her home from church.  And, since I didn’t have time for a chatty email, I sent her an ecard instead.

You’ve been ill because God wants to spend quality time with you.  He has something to tell you.  I, too, have something to share.  Last Tuesday I was struck by the enormity of three— not one, not two, but three— messages from the Word among us.  I wanted to email then and there but had to start dinner before Steven got home from work.  I’ll email you later.

Feeling hopeful, Rose replied that she’d be on the lookout for God’s message.

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Heartfelt prayer

So, messages?  We get them all the time from God, who responds to our faith and trust.  “When you seek me with all your heart, you will find me with you” (Jeremiah 29:13-14).

“The heart of an Intercessor” suggests that we engage in heartfelt prayer by focusing, first, on quality versus quantity; second, on clear-mindedness; and, third, on praying in secret.  “It’s in these situations that we may be more likely to sense God’s presence in our hearts and to receive his comfort or his guidance” (the Word among us, October 2009, p. 14).  In other words, persistence works, but “do not babble like the pagans, who think that they will be heard because of their many words” (Matthew 6:7).

When we feel overwhelmed we can reach out to others who’ll pray with and for us, but spending alone time with God means sharing our innermost thoughts and feelings unconditionally.

Timely message

As Rose and Irene well know, God also avails himself through others.  So, imagine my delight in finding a timely, heartwarming message about messages— a link to Johnny the Bagger— in my Yahoo inbox when I sat to email Rose later that evening.

Feel better, Rose!  Be happy, Irene!  God’s right there with you!

Complete trust in God

Do not look forward to the changes and chances of this life with fear.  Rather, look to them with full confidence that, as they arise, God to whom you belong will, in his love, enable you to profit by them.  He has guided you thus far in life.  [Just] hold fast to his dear hand, and he will lead you safely through all trials.  Whenever you cannot stand, he will carry you lovingly in his arms.

Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow.  The same eternal Father who takes care of you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day of your life.  Either he will shield you from suffering, or he will give you unfailing strength to bear it.

Be at peace, then, and put aside all useless thoughts, all vain dreads, and all anxious imaginations (St. Francis de Sales).

February 5, 2017

Just take everything exactly as it is, put it in God’s hands, and leave it with him.  Then you will be able to rest in him— really rest (St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross).

September 8, 2017

Nothing and no one can take us from the hands of Jesus, because nothing and no one can overcome his love.  Jesus’s love is invincible.  The evil one, the great enemy of God and of his creatures, attempts in many ways to take eternal life from us.  But the evil one can do nothing if we ourselves do not open the doors of our hearts to him by following his deceitful enticements (Mother Mary: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis).

May 1, 2018

Hope is an eminently practical virtue; it is the virtue that drives far from our heart the specter of discouragement, the most frequent dangerous temptation in the spiritual life.  As the inseparable companion of suffering, it confirms and strengthens peace in our soul (Luis M. Martinez in When God is Silent).

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Links of interest…  Aleteia: religionsaints / spirituality…  Faith prayers…  God only knows (song)…  How to pray for physical healing…  I can only imagine (song)…  Johnny the bagger (video)…  Listening is pastoral care, and even you can do it…  Monica’s miseries & fortitude’s strength…  Paying attention is the key to spiritual life…  Perseverance in prayer: How & why…  Powerful prayers (free booklets)… Pray with all your heart…  Relationship of faith to prayer…  Sainthood isn’t for the strong…  Safe in God’s hands…  Simple truths: inspirational videos…  What is the prayer of faith…  the Word among us

WP posts…  Backtracking…  Bearing one’s crosses…  Budding relationships…  Faith and prayer…  Little gifts…  Making meaning…  Messages…  My Franciscan Crown…  One prayer…  Repeated prayers…  Two angels

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