It’s been one of those weeks: Seems like — even though I’ve been putting in my hours (and then some) every day, my “to do list” has been getting longer, rather than shorter, all week long. So I was intrigued to discover that the Holy Spirit chose to have me cross paths with a selection from Psalm 90 on Friday morning — the perfect reflection for someone who’s inclined to believe there simply aren’t enough hours in the day.
Monthly Archives: March 2014
Did you notice? There was blip in the rhythm of Lent today. We celebrated the feast of the Annunciation – the moment when Mary’s ‘yes’ changed things forever for humankind.
This year, the feast happens to come during the third week of Lent – just a couple of days after we hear the story of Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman at Jacob’s well. It’s an interesting juxtaposition, to consider the divine greetings these two women received.
If you find some time in between games during March Madness this weekend…you might want to head on over to Rann’s place for this week’s helping of Lenten reflections from Catholic bloggers.
Among them, you’ll find my own thoughts about how an improbable win can lift one’s heart in gratitude to the Lord; as well as a tribute to the spiritual wisdom of St. Joseph…and some thoughts on another famous patron saint whom we honored this week. Enjoy!
We interrupt this ‘spirituality blog’ for a sports report: SLU Billikens win! SLU Billikens win!
For anyone whose passion for college basketball may not reach a religious fervor, allow me to explain: It’s ‘March Madness’ time…the point in the season when you either win, or go home. And last night, my beloved Billikens were down 16 points with just 8 minutes to play…before staging a furious rally to post an improbable victory.
It turned into a God-moment for me…but one that I didn’t fully appreciate until the light of day.
It’s hard to know whether St. Joseph was a fan of the popular music of his day, especially given the fact that scripture reports not a single word he ever spoke. Still, something tells me he would have appreciated Leonard Cohen’s lyrical take on the enigmas of life.
I’m thinking in particular about Cohen’s masterful tune entitled “Anthem.” In its refrain, Cohen makes a wry observation: “There is a crack…a crack…in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”
As a rule, I don’t expect St. Patrick’s Day to be a source of many blessings in my life. For the most part, I find it a tad tiresome – all the green and the blarney. (Can you guess that there are virtually no Irish genes in my bloodline?)
But St. Patrick’s Day 2014 is turning out to be a bit different, it would appear.
How are those Lenten resolutions working out for you? That”s one of the topics you can find discussed over at RAnn’s place, where there’s a weekly gathering of Catholic bloggers. You might to wander on over, to see what’s cookin’!
As for my own posts, this week: I wrote about an inadvertent honky-tonk tribute to Jesus I witnessed recently…about a certain man in white who knows how to convey wisdom without words…and about the important work that adult initiates do (or could be doing) in our faith communities. Enjoy!
Let us pause now…to remember that we are in the presence of the Holy One.
If you’re a cradle Catholic (like me), I want to say that you really haven’t lived until you’ve seen a grown man get doused with the waters of baptism at the Easter Vigil.
By which I mean: You probably don’t have a deep, bone-rattling, knee-knocking sense of the work that the Holy Spirit wants to do in you…and in every baptized Christian.
Have we been blessed by the papacy of Francis, or what?
Blessed as a Church…blessed as the people of God…blessed as individuals, striving to know how the Holy One desires to work in our lives.