Transformation Through Suffering

Meditating on Excerpts from Divine Intimacy by Fr. Gabriel of St Mary Magdelen, OCD published by TAN Publishers Reading #63 in Italics Suffering transforms us. God has given us the choice of how it will transform us. We meet people who have been transformed into bitter, angry people by the misfortunes in their lives. We also meet others who have experienced even greater tragedies, yet radiate joy and peace. “If He permits sorrow, interior or exterior trials, personal or public vicissitudes, it is only to draw out of them some greater good. Virtue and goodness are strengthened in time of…continued

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Hopefully Waiting on the Lord

Reflecting on Psalm 4040:1 “I have waited, waited on the Lord, and He leaned toward me and heard my cry…”It is so very hard sometimes to wait. The tears come, the sorrow exists, the loneliness surrounds. The burden feels so very heavy, the cross is very real. But I can picture Him leaning toward me to listen, to hear me, to love me..40:2 “He drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.”This desolation is a pit with slippery sides. I cannot grasp to pull myself…continued

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Meditating on Judas

Jesus chose Judas to be a disciple in that special, close-knit group of twelve. He knew that Judas would betray Him, and yet throughout the ministry treated Judas as a friend. Jesus taught Judas, ate with Judas, prayed with Judas, slept next to Judas and loved Judas. He did all of this knowing fully that Judas would turn Him over for humiliation, pain, suffering, and death. Jesus befriended a man that He knew would become an enemy, or at least who would treat Him as an enemy. The entire time that Judas was with Jesus must have been a time…continued

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Precious Moments

St. Theresa of Avila wrote in The Way of Perfection, “We must retire within ourselves even during our ordinary occupations. If I can recall the companionship I have within me for so much as a moment, that is of great utility.” It is so difficult during a busy work day to turn within, as St. Theresa describes. This turning within is turning to God, the Holy Spirit dwelling within us by virtue of our baptism. It is easy to say “I am too busy,” but she says that just a moment will do. Just a moment. Perhaps my excuse of…continued

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Empty Rolls

Well, the Little Way is certainly not glamorous. One of my lessons involved toilet paper. It seemed that every time I reached for a square, either at work or at home, the roll was empty. At first I dutifully replaced the roll, feeling quite pleased with myself and my service to humanity. Then after a few weeks of this almost daily chore, I began to think, “Can’t ANYBODY else change a roll of toilet paper? Am I the only one ANYWHERE who can do this??” Once that little voice of resentment joined me, changing that roll made me feel annoyed.…continued

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The Little Way and Dirty Socks

The first Theresa I read was Theresa of Avila. I loved all three of her books, The Interior Castle, The Way of Perfection, and her Life. I loved her self-deprecating humor, her ardour, her strong will and toughness. I admired her. But I sure found it hard to emulate her. Then I found another Theresa. Therese of Liseux, The Little Flower. Reading her Story of a Soul I felt there may be hope for me after all! I did not have to do great big things, arduous penances, hours of strict prayer devotions. I could learn to be even smaller,…continued

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