Our Suffering is God’s Kindness

“Accordingly, I cannot too greatly admire God’s kindness towards you, disciplining you as He does for years at a stretch by this kind of deprivation, designed to break even the least of your attachments. He assails your body with physical ills, in order to detach you from yourself; He assails the soul with weariness, aversions, spiritual insensibility and other disabilities in order to detach you, interiorly, from all sensible aids and consolations. If you allow Him to work freely in you, you will come at last to cling only to Him in pure faith, in pure spirit, and to quote…continued

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The Obedience Advantage

Obedience as a spiritual practice is not often spoken about today. I have learned about it particularly through an out-of print book of daily meditations called The Spiritual Diary published by the Daughters of St. Paul. Obedience is the theme for the month of June. The first sin, the first choice against God is said to have come from Lucifer saying “I will not serve” to God. For man, our first sin came from Adam and Eve choosing not to obey the one rule they had been given – the one rule which by obeying they could show love and…continued

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Actively Submitting to God’s Will

Meekness, Passivity, Submission I have always thought of the meekness with which Jesus accepted His final persecution as a passive suffering. I thought that He merely endured it. I had never considered that it might have taken substantial emotional and spiritual, even physical, work to so simply endure all that occurred, all that He experienced. My Holy Week lesson in submission began with the arthrogram MRI and culminated with an excruciating “cortisone flare” from the cortisone shot administered on Holy Thursday. I had to relax my body to receive the cortisone shot into my elbow and then continue to relax…continued

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Sanctifying My Suffering, Holy Week

I had an opportunity to begin the way of the Cross with Jesus in my own little way. I had an arthrogram MRI, which means that first they inject dye into your elbow, and then after waiting for the dye to absorb they perform the MRI. After driving alone to the very painful nerve conduction test I had a few weeks ago, I decided to ask a friend to go with me for this. I was told it would be “uncomfortable.” I just didn’t want to go through it alone, not again. I felt guilty asking a friend to take…continued

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Precious Little Gifts

Our sufferings and pains can become little gifts for God if we wrap them in our love for Him, decorate them with our trust in Him, and then approach the foot of the cross to present them to Him with humility. We ask Him to accept these precious little gifts from our small hands as we gaze upon Him in adoration. This may not lessen our pain, but it does sanctify the pain, giving meaning to what we must endure anyway. Whether the pain is physical or emotional – chronic pain, struggles with depression, a broken heart – we can take something that appears ugly and allow…continued

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Draw Me and I Will Run to Thee

One morning I dropped my daughter off at school and was heading in early to work. As I drove,  a feeling came drawing me to Mass. We often use the word “feelings” when we do not mean emotions. This “feeling” I had was an experience, maybe even “sensation” would more precise describe it. The sensation of a friend taking me by the hand and pulling me, pulling me to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Now, I knew I couldn’t receive Holy Communion because of breakfast eaten so recently, but I also knew that there is value in “assisting” at Mass, in…continued

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Submitting and Accepting

Every day for over 10 years I have prayed the “Secret of Sanctity” prayer by Cardinal Mercier. Now is a time when I must live the words: Holy Spirit, Soul of my Soul, I adore You. Enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, console me. Tell me what I should do, give me your orders. I promise to submit myself to all that you desire of me and to accept all that You permit to happen to me, let me only know Your will. Am I accepting right now? Accepting the limitations imposed by my physical pain and the injury that I sustained?…continued

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