I know I may have begun the Lenten Season with a low-grade sense of dis-courage-ment but, by God’s grace, I have entered the Easter Season with a felt joy in the experience of Jesus alive, and a new courage as he says to me, “I am with you always” (Matthew 28:20).
St. Ignatius invites those who have made decisions to follow Christ to experience the grace of Christ’s resurrection. We have considered the consequences of being faithful to being his companions. We have heard him telling the early companions that the world will hate them as it hates him.
We have been invited to be in the world but not of it.
He has prayed that we not be taken from the world but be a blessing within and about the world.
And He has given us His mother as the most beautiful reminder of how to courageously achieve this.
Actress Alyssa Milano and 49 other celebrities will reportedly fund a Right to Life Full-Term Center for any women with a crisis pregnancy who desires help! The star called on the film and TV industry to join her in the State of Georgia, where she plans to build the first Center of its type.
In a letter she sent to both Georgia Governor Brian Kemp as well as Georgia House Speaker David Ralston she wrote, “As actors, our work often brings us to Georgia. We’ve always found your state to be populated with friendly and caring people,” the letter begins. ”We’ve been glad to bring millions of dollars in revenue to support Georgia’s schools, parks and communities. And it is because of the continued gracious hospitality we have always been shown that we find no better State than Georgia to build our first projected Center- especially in part to the new “heartbeat bill” the Georgian Senate passed earlier this month . We consider sharing the grotesque amount of personal wealth we have acquired a privilege; and find no effort more noble than to champion toward truly supporting and helping women in crisis, in this life-giving manner. ”
That evening, at sundown, they brought to him all who were sick or possessed with demons. And the whole city was gathered together. And he healed many who were sick with various diseases, and cast out many demons. In the morning, a great while before day, he rose and went out to a lonely place, and there he prayed. And Simon and those who were with him followed him, and when they found him, they said to him, “Everyone is searching for you.” He answered, “Let us go on to the next towns, that I may proclaim the message there also; for that is what I came to do.” And he went throughout all Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and casting out demons. Mark 1:32-39
2018 was a year of contemplation for me.
Several short weeks ago, as the beginning of a New Year approached, I found myself reflecting on many things; not only which had taken place this particular year, but throughout my lifetime. I realize many people often do this, especially at a close of the year or at a milestone event; but truthfully, I have generally avoided this practice.
Yes, I reflect. Yes, I look back with great fondness on the joy. Yes, I grieve over any disappointments. And yes, I even grow a little introspective.
But I’ve have never really enjoyed contemplating what it all has meant.