Saturday, July 30, 2011
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Monday, July 25, 2011
MATTHEW 13: 44-46
The field I irrigate at the monastery has become a treasure to me. I truly enjoy being out there, making the field green as I flood one area and another. When I first began to work this field some years ago, I found it to be tiresome, difficult and unpleasant. No one else cared to irrigate this field. It is full of rocks and mounds. Many places have little soil in which to grow grass for the animals to graze upon. I was simply given the field as my "work" each day.
I could not for the life of me figure out how to get water to go from one place to another through all the intricate ditches, including the many I dug myself. With much patience and effort, I began to figure it out. I began to see the field turn green in more places. Grass could grow where before there was nothing.
This field that no one wanted had become my treasure. It all depended on how I looked at it. Still no one else wants to irrigate this field. They do not see what I see. The field as treasure was always there waiting for someone to discover it. The field did not change. It still had its rocks, mounds and dirt areas. It grew on me. I changed.
We don't have to go somewhere else to find the kingdom of heaven. It is in our midst. We cannot see it. Someone says, "My kids drive me crazy!" Then someone else comes along and says, "Oh, what beautiful, or smart, or pleasant children you have." You do not see what is close to you for the treasure that they are in your life. I had a big sister, Maureen, who was mean and bossy and ugly! Then someone said, "Oh, your sister is so beautiful and good." I said, "What?" I could not see the treasure with whom I lived. I was blind.
The question is not, "How do I find the kingdom of God?" The question is, "What do I have to let go of, so that I can begin to see the kingdom as a treasure in my midst?"
Sunday, July 24, 2011
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Monday, July 18, 2011
MATTHEW 13: 24-30
JULY 17, 2011
Sometimes we make a decision and it turns out to not be the right one. For instance, we come to a fork in the road. We have a destination, but are not sure which path will get us there. We choose one. Maybe it will be a short cut. It ends up not taking us where we want to go. This is not all bad. Don't beat yourself up for a "wrong" decision. Maybe you discovered something along that path that you did not know even existed. Maybe you discovered some flowers that were only on this path. You have gained some experience. You may be able to help someone else with your new knowledge.
The basis of support groups is to share knowledge and experience from having gone in a direction that did not prove all that helpful. I used to work with divorced catholic groups. Some of these people would say, "How could I have been so stupid!" "Why did I make this choice of marriage partner?" Yet, they have gained wisdom from this experience and this wisdom they can share with others who are newer in the group. They find solace in knowing others are on the same path of recovery.
The twelve step programs work the same way. New people come in so demoralized from their addiction. If they listen to those who have been in recovery for a while they will gain from shared experience. Our "mistakes" can teach us and we can share our new found wisdom with others. We all have weeds in our life. No one is all wheat. No one is perfect.
Too often we simply want to forget mistakes rather than learn from them. We want, and even expect perfection. Get all "A"s on your report card. College entrance, jobs, are competition among those striving for perfection. Get rid of those weeds right away should they crop up in your life. Our failures take us nowhere. Hell awaits the sinner.
God however is much more optimistic about our imperfections. Let them be. In the gospel the landowner says to let the weeds grow along with the wheat. See what happens. God trusts that the weeds will not over whelm the wheat and destroy the wheat. There is a value in the weeds of our life. The weeds can be bundled up and used for fuel to warm people and to cook. Nothing is wasted. We can learn from going down paths that are not right for us. "We learn from our mistakes," is the saying.
Why must you be perfect? There is no humility in that. Why beat yourself up for not being an "A" person? Such people only end up judging others and being miserable and isolated in the process. Sometimes life is just crab grass. God is with us even there. Grace is everywhere.
Friday, July 15, 2011
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The Spirituality of Change
Fr. Terry Ryan, CSP
The attitude and focus that we bring to growing older will affect our transformation into becoming all who God meant us to be. Life does not end with retirement, the loss of loved ones, or living in new surroundings. At some point we can begin to shift from daily work schedules, to a life of enlightenment. Aloneness can shift into solitude. We can choose to be with the interior unfinished self, the soul, that waits for attention. Age is not so much a catechism of learning as it is a spirituality of understanding and forgiveness, where the Presence of Divine Mystery can fill us up and send us forth.Saturday, September 24, 2011
9:00 AM to NoonSacred Heart of Jesus Church
14th Street and Mapleton Avenue
Coffee and treats begin at 9:00 AM. Workshop is free but donations are gratefully accepted.
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