No Idle Love

“Where God is concerned, ‘love is never idle: it is in continuous movement.'”

–Iain Matthew quoting St. John of the Cross in

Impact of God: Soundings from St John of the Cross

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On a Lighter Note : Muffins

Jack: Good heavens, I suppose a man may eat his own muffins in his own garden.
Algy: But you have just said it was perfectly heartless to eat muffins!
Jack: I said it was perfectly heartless of YOU under the circumstances. That is a very different thing.
Algy: That may be, but the muffins are the same!

–The Importance of Being Earnest

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Missionary of Joy

“One filled with joy preaches without preaching.”

–Mother Teresa

I think that there is a certain joy that befits a true Christian. I would even say that it not only befits the true Christian–it is essential for him to possess. Without that certain joy it is evident that a Christian does not have faith or hope or love–the crucial virtues for one who follows in Christ’s footsteps.

I have seen people who have fallen off the path of faith. The lack of joy in them is very evident. Whether they have fallen off the path to the left or to the right, it is obvious they are missing something vital.

When I look at myself I wonder whether I contain that joy. Sometimes I allow the faith to seem a drudgery instead of a gift. It is important for me as a Christian to know my faith so that I can preach it to those around me.

I think this joy that Mother Teresa speaks of is just as important as knowledge of the faith, or even more important. In fact, I think this joy naturally flows out of a person who truly knows their faith. This knowledge can’t be just an academic knowledge; it must be more. It must be believed wholeheartedly, it must be lived out, it must be tested and it must have withstood the trials of life.

The soul that is on fire with the faith, that exudes this joy, cannot help but reap a great harvest by the Spirit working within it. “Joy is a net of love in which you can catch souls.” -Mother Teresa.

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7 Quick Takes

-1- Decided to work up the courage to read a book about St. John of the Cross. I’m glad I did; he is not the intimidating saint I thought he was. He might quickly become a favorite.

-2- I finally found a dress for the upcoming family wedding. (Yah!) I took the risk and bought it on-line, now I hope it comes in time (and that it fits)!

-3- Going to spend some time with just my mom this weekend. The rest of the family is off to the cottage for the weekend, so we’ll have the house to ourselves. Can’t remember the last time that has happened.

-4- Of course, the reason we’re not all going to the cottage is because some of us have to work this weekend. Not looking forward to it, but trying to maintain a positive attitude.

-5- I’ve struggled with daily prayer this week; which is nothing new, but it has definitely been unusually difficult. I’ve been physically exhausted in the mornings and evenings, and have had little motivation for prayer. I’m hoping this changes very soon.

-6- This week I commemorated the 24th birthday and death of a sibling I was unfortunately never able to meet. As a family we’re remembering her short, yet profound and beautiful life, with bouquet of 24 beautiful roses. They sit in a beautiful vase in the kitchen, as a quiet reminder. It is hard trying to find the proper thing to do, but this seems very right. “But do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”  -2 Peter 3:8

-7- And finding comfort in this video; my new favorite song.Very powerful and truthful lyrics.

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Seek His Face

 

My heart says to thee, “Thy face, LORD, do I seek.”

-Psalm 27:8

This is truly what my heart said the other morning. But what does it mean to seek the face of the Lord?  According to St. Jerome it means to come before the altar of God and be confronted by the mystery of the Savior. God’s altar is most definitely the physical table that stands in each Catholic church, but I believe we speak of more mystical altars here. An altar is where we enter into the Paschal mystery: the mystery of Christ’s suffering, death, and resurrection. It is here where He appears in the flesh; offering Himself to us body, blood, soul and divinity. There are many mystical altars in this world. Many places that Jesus asks us to humble ourselves to receive Him. Many places where He gives Himself to us. Allow yourself to be confronted with the mystery of the Savior at all the mystical altars in this world.

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A Saint According to Your Heart

“Jesus, make me a saint according to Your own heart, meek and humble.”

–Mother Teresa

“I often think that the ideal of our perfection that we set up, and often go through torture to achieve, may not be God’s idea of how He wants us to be at all. That may be something quite different that we never would have thought of, and what seems like a failure to us may really be something bringing us closer to His will for us. ” (quoted in Caryll Houselander, That Divine Eccentric by Maisie Ward)

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7 Quick Takes

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I have found myself unusually quiet and tranquil this past week. If I wasn’t so gosh darn tranquil, I think I’d be unsettled by it. I was supposed to write a letter to a dear sister in Christ this week, but I can’t put enough words together to make a letter. Usually when I’m this quiet on the inside it means I’m very tired, over-worked, or unhappy. None of these apply. I’m too tranquil for it to bother me, but it still strikes me as strange.

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I have this weekend off, which is great, until I realized all I need to get caught up on. First on the list, Confession. Oil change for the car (over 6,000 miles since last change!). New windshield wipers, since they’re really not doing anything useful anymore. Probably need to change brake pads too, haven’t done so since I bought my car over 10,000 miles ago. Ugh, I just really hate car maintenance. Thankfully, my dad is very handy and is going to help me (do it for me after I attempt the first time and utterly fail).

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Also on my To-Do list is Find a Dress, for my cousin’s wedding. I’m going to be a lector, so I want to dress a bit nicer, but I’m having a hard time finding a dress that I like. I am being picky about it, but seriously, if I could find something that hit BELOW the knee and wasn’t completely ugly, I might take it.

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Picture from the weekend. Beautiful weather. No work. Very nice.

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On the last pages of Spe Salvi. Definitely good. I seemed to get more out of the beginning of the book then the end, although it was all good. Not sure what to try next.

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My sister and brother-in-law acquired a kitten a few weeks ago. She’s the cutest and most playful thing, but they can’t seem to find a name that fits her. Pretty soon kitty is going to be her name permanently as my little nephew has grown accustomed to calling her that and nothing else.

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Speaking of new arrivals, I found out yesterday that I am going to an aunt again. This will be little nephew/niece #3. I’m very excited, although I think I’ll be able to handle these next 9 months better than with #1. I was so impatient by the end to see the little guy! Although, being the birthing coach was a learning experience; definitely more intense than I was ready for. The little one should arrive at the end of March or beginning of April.

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