June 27th….I volunteered about three months ago to write this blog. I’ve never written one before. So I figured I would wait for inspiration from the Holy Spirit (makes sense, right?). I got a little impatient two and half months in, when I realized it’s not about prayer or a current event or any other topic I was thinking about throughout the day. I like to be in control, but I didn’t have it; I like to know, but I didn’t know; I like to plan ahead, but this was looking more and more like something that would get done later, not sooner. I got lots of “Nope, that’s not it! Keep looking and listening!” from God, but not a clue about what it would it be about until I arrived yesterday at the train station and was trying to make the last part of my journey to retreat. Continue reading →
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“Pope Francis has had a great impact on the church and the world these past few years. Perhaps his greatest influence is not from his passionate sermons and theological writings, but from the less-than-140 character tweets he sends out to over 21 million followers around the globe.” (From a review of the Tweetable Pope: A Spiritual Revolution in 140 characters by Michael J. O’Loughlin) He isn’t the first Pope to use Twitter but he is the first to tap some of its great potential to reach millions in a few seconds with his message of peace, love, tolerance, and exhortations to be the best people we can be according to God’s plan.
When was the last time you were a novice at something?
Recently two of our candidates were approved to become novices, and walking the process with them as they begin to transition to their upcoming novitiate experience takes me back to my own journey.
For someone with a lifelong hearing problem, I am amused by how much I crave silence. I find that silence calms me down and allows me to linger in the warm embrace of God. I am known to turn off my hearing aids not only to silence the noise around me but so that I can enter into that divine space of quiet where God rests within me. This space is the place where I find focus, clarity, peace, and energy for my day’s work.
On the other end of the spectrum, I find instrumental and contemporary Christian music gives me that same moment of peace and inspiration to fuel my day and to soothe my soul. So I guess the mix of silence and music, two opposites, can lead us to the same place of being with our God.
I remember a few years ago when I was stressed out about my studies and my never ending to-do or want-to-do list, my spiritual director suggested I go home and do something I enjoyed like baking bread or washing my car by hand. I still return to this practice and have since included digging in the soil, pulling weeds, or cleaning the house. (Yes, you can call me if you need help, but….)
I find that as I engage in these tasks, my mind is relieved of pressures, I often pray, and amazingly what feels like new ideas or new connections come together for me. Not always, of course. Sometimes it’s a relief to just let my mind wander or to focus completely on the task at hand.