If we are going to have a future, and some scientists question the possibility of a future because of the callous way we are ravaging, and destroying our sister, Mother Earth. We can see the great price that is being paid in the pain of enforced evacuations. Some of the evacuees, our brothers and sisters will never return home. There are millions and millions existing, not living because of us, their brothers and sisters choose not to care enough to act in the defiant defense of all creation. The message of Him, Who is the incarnation and hence the revelation of The Wisdom of our Creator God. "Awake from your slumber," for the time is passing where your actions can still mean something. All those who are inspired to work for the betterment of all creation are doing holy work. To some it may not appear so, that is why we need new lenses to see The Incarnate God present in and gently guiding us in all that is good. All that is good is God. Again would that we have the lenses.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Monday, December 9, 2019
The Advent wreath, The Christmas Crib, Christmas music of all genres, list making, shopping, the list can go on and on to the extent that it boggles the mind. When are minds are boggled we are in danger of missing out on a lot of things. People, places, and events that are meant to inspire and nourish us sadly go unnoticed, and hence unappreciated. We miss so much looking at big things we miss out on the coming of God in the small and simple. That is why we have Advent to stop and become all the mystery that is being unveiled in us and through us in what we call the mundane, the so called ordinary. There is NO ordinary.
"By reason of creation, and still more by the mystery of The Incarnation, there is nothing profane for those who know how to see." I just love that quote from deChardin. Some will say, "You sure do. You quote it all the time." This is not repeated for those who read but for the writer who tends to forget that Mystery is revealed always in the here and now. I am learning to appreciate more and more the inherent sacredness, holiness, of all that makes up the cosmos in which we live. And in the planet system we are a part of, we are essential. We are no longer viewed as "citizens of the earth." Creation has evolved into something that really stretches us, and forces us to use our imagination. Our holy imagination guided by The Gentle Guiding Spirit leads us to new and exciting horizons we must explore for creation's survival.
Saturday, December 7, 2019
Right now the demands of hospitality are an essential part of life, and living. It can, therefore, be a time of excitement, anticipation, expectation as the difficult work of preparation progresses. ( I am looking here at the ideal. Your reality will be far from the ideal. After all life is messy.) It is a time when the hard work of hospitality is uppermost on the minds of many. This gracious season comes anew to us each year, and reaches us ,who are ever new. We will never do anything or meet somebody for the second time. Our acceptance of the reality of "the new" and "ever newness" is essential for us to have a life of mystery and excitement .Does not life become dull and so boring when the excitement which newness brings with it is longer in our line of vision. We need to have our lenses, at least tweaked, and in some cases refocused. I am so aware that there is so much actual blindness that prayer for new sight and deeper seeing must be our constant practice."With God all things are possible."
As we live our lives in 2019 a new way of seeing must lead to a new level of awareness and action. We must claim the vision of the inherent uniqueness of each part of creation an essential component of the original plan. Nothing is to be left out. It is not for unenlightened finite mind to comprehend the plan that has been in existence from eternity. So there must be a new enlightening, the development of a new awareness otherwise the world as we know it will cease to exist. Nature does not need humankind, humankind desperately needs a healthy Mother Nature. The earth was in existence for a long time before humans showed up. There are studies now on what the earth will look like when there are no human inhabitants. I read that if the history of creation was written as a book of a 1,000 pages we would show up on page 944 !!!
Thursday, December 5, 2019
As I write this I am aware that this is a special time. It is a sacred, mysterious time. What we daily seek and search for is gifted to us on each special day, and not just on the one we deem as special. On the other hand we need special days and special celebrations to remind us of the sacredness and Mysterious Presence that is our gift as we take every unique step of our life’s journey. This unique gift comes to us from our Gracious Loving Creator through the instrumentality of fellow human beings. Human instrumentality is one of the chosen channels through which, what is essential for healthy lives, and living is gifted to us. We can be led through grace, see what is really happening in this special time for visits, visitors, and hospitality for ALL visitations. (The essence of the spiritual journey is to look at something familiar for such a length of time that it is not familiar anymore.) We are called to see the reality beyond what we see. There seems to be two realities here but actually there is only one reality revealing oneness of The One, The Only. Coming to realize this oneness will lead to the development of a new awareness, a new consciousness.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
There is also the dark side of Thanksgiving. The pain that comes from past memories and those created in 2019. When the water is poured into the chalice to mix with the wine, there go your tears of anger, frustration, resentment, bitterness etc. You pour into The Chalice of Suffering your pain and suffering, that which is too much for you to handle by yourself. In this action all of your suffering is now united with the offering of The Suffering Christ to His and our Mercy-full father. What happens when these offerings are made, what is our bread, and wine of tears now becomes The Body and the Blood of The Risen Christ. This is then given to us in The sacrament of The Eucharist for our nourishment and encouragement. We go out rested and renewed, with the exception of parents of "God’s little darlings." I do not know how, but through the sacramental grace of the Sacrament of marriage Our Gracious Creator provides in ways we do not understand. Otherwise, how would families and as a consequence the church survive?
This greater faith community is no more than the sum total of "the little churches of the home." At St. Andrew the Apostle the parish was seen in the following way. First you had the "little church of the home." Then you had, "the neighborhood church." Then you had the gathering of all, in The faith Community of St. Andrew The Apostle. (For more information on St. Andrew’s unique vision read Patrick Brennan’s book "Parishes that excel in America.")
The Thanksgiving meal, for those who are so blessed as to be able to afford one, has special meaning. It is the gathering of relations, some whom are real friends, in a meal like no other meal for its significance. Thanksgiving meals are a sign of something, but each one of us will have to work out what the sign is for our meal. When I looked up the meaning, the definition of sign it contained the following. A sign can be an event whose presence indicates the probable occurrence of something else. We would like to think of the Thanksgiving meal is a meal where welcome and hospitality are the essential ingredients. They are in reality the first course. All that follows are meant to enhance what underlines around the table. The Thanksgiving table is a sacred place. It is the place where we are encountered with something way beyond our human understanding. It is in that real meeting, real encounter with fellow human beings that The Mysterious Presence in revealed to us, and through us to those Our Higher Power will place on out trail.