"Walking in the way and the love of the Lord"
Suffering creates glory. Yet so often we are unhappy in our suffering. Not a glimmer of God’s love, comfort and glory penetrates our hearts. But our heavenly Father, who is love, knows what will comfort us. He urges us not to bear our cross like a slave who is forced to, but out of love for Jesus. When we bear it trusting in the Father’s love and committed to His will, then our cross will begin to shine. We will become happy and we, too, will shine in His love.
From Father of Comfort by Basilea Schlink
2 Corinthians 4:17
If God so clothe the grass of the field . . . shall He not much more clothe you? —Matthew 6:30
A simple statement of Jesus is always a puzzle to us if we are not simple. How are we going to be simple with the simplicity of Jesus? By receiving His Spirit, recognizing and relying on Him, obeying Him as He brings the word of God, and life will become amazingly simple. "Consider," says Jesus, "how much more your Father Who clothes the grass of the field will clothe you, if you keep your relationship right with Him." Every time we have gone back in spiritual communion it has been because we have impertinently known better than Jesus Christ. We have allowed the cares of the world to come in, and have forgotten the "much more" of our Heavenly Father.
"Behold the fowls of the air" – their main aim is to obey the principle of life that is in them and God looks after them. Jesus says that if you are rightly related to Him and obey His Spirit that is in you, God will look after your ‘feathers.’
"Consider the lilies of the field" – they grow where they are put. Many of us refuse to grow where we are put, consequently we take root nowhere. Jesus says that if we obey the life God has given us, He will look after all the other things. Has Jesus Christ told us a lie? If we are not experiencing the "much more," it is because we are not obeying the life God has given us, we are taken up with confusing considerations. How much time have we taken up worrying God with questions when we should have been absolutely free to concentrate on His work? Consecration means the continual separating of myself to one particular thing. We cannot consecrate once and for all. Am I continually separating myself to consider God every day of my life?
By: Mary Maddox
As I walked the Camino de Santiago I was praying. Praying the way all prayers should be, conversations with Our Lord. I was alone for most of the walk because the two boys walked a lot faster then myself. So they would head off ahead of me and we would meet up at a cafe along the way or they would be standing along a wall waiting for me. It was something to look forward too. I would come around a corner and look to see if I saw them.
The Camino consisted of at least six hours of walking. We would head out in the early morning, the light fog would still be thick as velvet in places. The early chill in the air would be welcoming to start the day, as by afternoon it would be nearly ninety degrees. I will never forget the early mornings, the time we had filling our water bottles in the square and our slow walk out of town. As we headed out, we talked and shared thoughts. No cell phones, no distractions, just you and your fellow pilgrims sharing time together. Just you and God sharing time together!
Everyone along the Camino was so nice and helpful. As I was heading up one long hill, I stopped to rest half way up. A gentlemen stopped and asked if I was OK, I told him, " just resting, I am fine." The tradition on The Camino is to greet all pilgrims with a simple greeting, "Buen Camino". "Buen Camino" means "Good Way" or "Good Road" or "Good Path". I believe most pilgrims feel it says more, "May you have a good Camino de Santiago". Wouldn't it be great to take this tradition home, to greet others with a simple "Buen Camino". Just saying to our fellow pilgrims in the world, "May you have a good path".
Isn't that what we all are, just pilgrims in this world walking our path, walking our prayerful path!
So, I will say to all. "Buen Camino"!!
We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls. ~ Mother Teresa
Above picture is the silence found on The Way of St. James.
This bible verse says it all!! May we turn to scripture to hear the words of comfort and guidance. This scripture helped me as I was going through a difficult time. I would read this scripture daily, I even had it posted on my desk at work. As I would read this every day even two or three times a day, I would feel the peace of Our Lord around me. I would know that Our Lord had me and my situation and I would be okay. Was it easy to read and believe? Yes it was easy to read and believe. Was it easy to read and trust? Yes it was easy to read and trust. Did it make me not worry about my situation? No, the human in me made me worry, the human in me made me scared. My faith in me gave me peace, my faith in me gave me comfort. This faith is what I held onto. Each day got easier, each day became more peaceful. I couldn't have done it without Our Lord and hearing his word in scripture. I couldn't have done it without trusting and knowing that Our Lord is taking care of me. I couldn't have done it without prayer time and quiet time with the Lord. Our Lord was my best friend. He listened to me, He comforted me, He guided me and He gave me words to counsel me. Our Lord is there for each of us, He is there to listen, He is there to comfort, He is there to guide and He is there to counsel.
Turn to Him
Trust in Him.
He Loves You!!!
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“Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly” Roman 12:6
Be true to who you are. God created you with certain gifts and they are given to be used. Pray to know, pray to see and then pray for courage to step out and into the world, gift in hand, ready to serve. Pray as scripture says to use your gifts accordingly. And when you do, you will be showing others the glory of God in action. You are blessed, we are blessed, and so we pray: Lord please help me to use my gifts today. Help me not to be discouraged if I find myself doubtful that I am on the right path. Please help me to remember that I am perfect just the way you made me. Give me comfort in knowing I am loved by you no matter what! Amen
Gospel - January 14, 2015
It comes as no surprise that once Simon’s mother-in-law was cured, she rose and started serving those around her. Mothers often feel like their task lists are endless. I admit that often I view my life’s work as a series of ongoing checklists. Did Jesus feel the same way as the whole city gathered around the door? Preach to thousands in Galilee; heal the sick; cast out demons. Was he overwhelmed by the tasks he “came out to do”?
Today’s Gospel describes how Jesus rises early the next morning, takes himself away from everyone, and prays. When Jesus’ companions find him, he gets up and they move on. He had tasks to do and he does them.
We are called to be like Jesus and care for others. It is easy to keep ourselves busy and serve in our homes, our churches, and our communities. We are also called to be like Jesus in our prayer lives. It is hard to take ourselves away from our lists and make time for prayer, but doesn’t this rejuvenation enable us to better tackle the tasks placed before us?
Though we may not be able to go off to a deserted place in the wee hours of the morning to pray, we must remember to set ourselves apart from our distractions, even if for a moment. As Pope Francis says, prayer is “opening the door to the Lord so that he will come.” Let Jesus come into our hearts today and be with us in our daily tasks.
Caroline (Giannuzzi) Connor ‘94
Lord, in healing Simon’s mother-in-law you restored his family. We need you to restore health to us, and to our family and friends. Please guide us to do all we can to bring healing and comfort to our minds and bodies and to those we love. Remove our anxiety and give us that peace and hope that surpasses human understanding. Amen.
Father Herbert Yost, C.S.C.
Nothing better than a hike across the North Georgia Mountains to help prepare myself for our pilgrimage in June. Not only preparing myself physically but spiritually as well.
A little quiet prayer time in God's beautiful country!
“Embarking on the spiritual journey is like getting into a very small boat and setting out on the ocean to search for unknown lands.” ~ Pema Chodron
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Prayerful Path/Mary Maddox
Saint James, pray for us that we may be willing to leave everything to follow Jesus as you did. Help us to become special friends of Jesus as you were. Amen