TO ENTER into the cenacle of the world–the shopping mall–is to my heart, what cement boots are to a jogger.
TIME—is it speeding up? Many believe it is. This came to me while meditating:
An MP3 is a song format in which the music is compressed, and yet the song sounds the same and is still the same length. The more you compress it, however, even though the length remains the same, the quality begins to deteriorate.
So too, it seems, time is being compressed, even though the days are the same length. And the more they are compressed, the more there is a deterioration in morals, nature, and civil order.
Sometimes, one is so poor, weakness is all there is to offer: “O Jesus, this is what I am, nothing but weakness and poverty. This is all I have to give you that’s truly mine. But even this I give you.”
“This is the one whom I approve: the lowly and broken man who trembles at my word.” (Isaiah 66:2)
“On high I dwell, and in holiness, and with the crushed and dejected in spirit.” (Isaiah 57:15)
“the Lord listens to the needy and does not spurn his servants in their chains.” (Psalm 69:34)
WHY can’t we give ourselves completely to God? Why don’t we make holiness our one pursuit? Why do we cling to this or that thing, knowing we would be happier if we let it go?
We must answer this. And when we do, we should place the truth before Him, and let it begin to set us free.
FAR from “stealing Christ’s thunder”
Mary is the lightning
which illuminates The Way.
FAR from "stealing Christ’s thunder"
But it’s like the desert at night, when the moon rises over the dunes,
and a billion stars fill the sky.
It is quiet, and cool… but the thin light of the heavens,
and the moonlit Host of daily Mass,
make the burning sands bearable and the vast emptiness
an invisible void.
A READING from the Divine Liturgy this week has lingered with me:
God patiently waited in the days of Noah during the building of the ark. (1 Peter 3:20)
The sense is that we are in that time when the ark is being completed, and soon. What is the ark? When I asked this question, I looked up at the icon of Mary……… the answer seemed that her bosom is the ark, and she is gathering a remnant to herself, for Christ.
And it was Jesus who said he would return “as in the days of Noah” and “as in the days of Lot” (Luke 17:26, 28). Everyone’s looking at the weather, earthquakes, wars, plagues, and violence; but are we forgetting about the “moral” signs of the times Christ is referring to? A reading of Noah’s generation and Lot’s generation–and what their offences were–should look uncomfortably familiar.
Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened. —Winston Churchill
IF only we understood what is lost when we let ourselves become forked by the two pronged skewer of pride.
The one prong is defensive: “I am not wrong, or as bad as you say.” The second prong is despair: “I am useless, a worthless failure.” In both cases (often the second prong follows the first), the person expends great energy hiding a basic human truth: the need for God.
Humility is the crown of the Christian. The adversary does everything in his power to prevent us from coming before God with our genuine sinfulness, failure, and character flaws. Such honesty is rewarded by God, and paradoxically, becomes a vessel of strength.
As long as the devil keeps you on his fork, strength is kept at bay, and your crown is left in the treasury of God.
AT a time when the “religious” in the world are strapping bombs on their bodies and blowing themselves up; when missiles are being launched in the name of biblical land rights; when scriptural quotes are taken out of context to support self-interested rights–Pope Benedict’s encyclical on love stands as an extraordinarily bright beacon in the darkened harbor of the earth.
This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.