spiritual hunger

If you have ever taken a minute to observe a hungry infant, you have seen just how desperate they can be. It doesn’t matter if a bottle is delayed by one minute or ten, the reaction of hunger holds the same intensity. The need to eat is relentless and demanding. The cry for food is most often loud, angry, and repetitive. The craving so strong that their natural instinct is to fight for it.

As soon as they taste milk on their lips, though, they quiet and relax. Soon after their need to eat is satisfied, they surrender to a peaceful sleep. They are content, because in that moment they were fed. Milk is essential to every part of a baby’s healthy development. Our need for the Lord, His Word & His Bread, is akin to that of an infant’s need for milk. We are dependent on it for our Soul’s survival.

As the World began shutting down, so too our Churches.

For nine weeks we have hungered.

Some folks have become down-right hangry!

(Giggles.)

And now a slow re-opening is emerging in our World. And our Churches are faced with the same. I feel badly for our Bishop’s in the difficult decisions they will need to make in an effort to do so cautiously & safely. And yet…it is necessary. I have written a Universal letter of support to them with the acknowledgement that we, the members of the Body, stand firm in our support and devotion to be obedient; with the reminder that we are worthy of participation. We can be trusted.

Dear Bishops,

“God is not a God of confusion but a God of peace.”

1 Corinthians 14:33

I have read somewhere that there are generally two types of decision makers.  The first analyses every angle and weighs every part of the decision carefully and slowly.  They don’t rush into anything.  The second make decisions quickly and confidently.  They depend on gut feelings rather than studying the situation.  The good news is that neither decision maker is wrong in how they approach decisions because we are each wired differently.  The important part is merely that they arrive at a point of peacefully knowing the proper decision has been made. 

I know you have been faced with making some very difficult, yet important decisions regarding the suspension of our public masses.  I can only imagine how heart-wrenching this unified decision must have been to make. And now with our Country, nay the World, slowly re-opening you are once again faced with difficult decisions to be made.  Please know I am praying daily for you and asking the Hoy Spirit to continue to guide these necessary discernments.  

I write to you today, not only to offer my prayers but also to ask my own Spirit led question.

Will you give us a chance?  Will you give us a chance to be on the front lines too?

We have all watched for months – thousands of strong, dedicated, sympathetic, responsible health care individuals devote themselves to the care and well-being of those affected by the novel coronavirus.  They have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 medical outbreak and I am humbled by their self-less efforts.  Likewise, our Church, gentle Bishops, is a hospital too.  A hospital for sinners.  In this same Spirit I do believe thousands of fellow Catholics stand ready to serve others in a similar capacity.  I do believe our Priests stand concerned, yet ready, to be the needed Physicians.   And countless Sacristans, Eucharistic Ministers, Ushers, and Greeters are prepared – with the proper safety procedures in place – to be the Spiritual Health Care Workers for those seeking the Sacraments offered through the Church, most especially holy eucharist.  

Despite the various styles of “decision makers” in your midst – or even that of your own – this is indeed a heavy matter which can be made together. May God clear away the confusion, as only He can and may you find peace in the assurance you have the full attention (and no-doubt support,) of your flock – because they are waiting to be called back home to Church, once again. 

Hugs & Blessings,
His Obedient Daughter

Do you long for the spiritual food our souls crave?

God wants us to be strong, to be healthy, and to be fed!

As well, He commands us to be Obedient.

Please offer our Bishops your support by presenting them the same level of trust you seek – together I do believe we can conquer the confusion this dreaded virus feeds upon and embrace the peace which God extends to us now.

hugs n’ blessing to all those, who in isolation, have been growing a hunger in themselves that can only be satisfied by Him!

*These personal opinions have come as a result of several daily devotionals I have been reading & meditating upon throughout the course of the COVID-19 isolation period. I am thankful for the opportunity they have provided me to be emotionally & inspirationally fed.

Relish the year!

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Remnants of the final holiday relish tray re-purposed as a scrumptious dinner!  Simply, brilliant!

 

The blog-o-sphere has been filled these past several weeks with a ‘ka-zillion’ year-end reflections, as well as New Year’s Resolutions.

And I have ‘relished’ reading

every.

single.

one.

(I wish I could have high-lighted them all – but these are just a few…be sure & take the time to click on their links – they’re all well worth the read!)

I am so blessed to follow some WONDERFUL bloggers who have gifted me (and countless others) with wonderful reflections of a year now closed; as well as, great insights on the ways we all should consider improving or enhancing a New Year just beginning! Continue reading “Relish the year!”

movie confessions

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It’s another Wednesday for Saint Maria Faustina KoWalska (what else,)

with a brief reflection on the Divine Mercy of God!

And I have a confession to make…

I’ve been watching an awful lot of movies these past 48 hours!

Mostly because I remain homebound on Doctor’s orders.  And so it is that I must confess to taking advantage of this permission ‘to do nothing’ & have woven some mindless things amidst my lenten prayer time, such as a….

 Movie Marathon

with sympathetic Helen by my side!

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Sleepy Helen & Bear are not impressed.

I have mainly chosen to revisit some of my all time favorite dramas to watch, for example: On Golden Pond (Norman is still  ‘just an old poop’.) Terms of Endearment (I decided I still prefer Shirley MacLaine as Wheezer in Steel Magnolias…and then tried to figure out how did she ever get cast as Martha Levinson in Downton Abbey???)  PS I love you (where a scene was filmed from Cuppycake & my favorite NYC restaurant, Ouestwhich closed it’s doors June 2015 and made me all teary-eyed as that particular scene was playing with Harry Connick, Jr & Hilary Swank.) And then today, trying to build upon this movie marathon to pass still yet more time, I attempted to watch a family favorite, Return to Me, which for some odd reason would not play. (And I was really looking forward to some bicycle riding time with Minnie Driver & the habited Sisters through the streets of Italy!)

So instead I popped this Nun into the Blue-Ray:

Faustina, The Mystical Life of The Visionary of Divine Mercy!!

And NOW I had Helen’s full attention!!

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Helen was riveted to the story of her namesake!

The movie is a drama on the life of Sister Faustina Kowalska, a member of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, based upon her experiences recorded in her spiritual diary.  Faustina received from Our Lord the visions of Divine Mercy and was both Beatified and Canonized by Pope John Paul II.  The first feature film of its kind in Poland, it is a beautiful artistic portrayal of her mystical life in high quality cinema.

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Dorota Segada was voted top actress of the year by European film critics for her stunning portrayal of Sister Faustina.

And while this movie just scraped the surface of the mystical experiences of St. Faustina & her many Diary entries, this was still a wonderful portrayal of St. Faustina’s mission as directed by Christ.  The focus of Faustina’s time spent in confession with her Spiritual Director, Father Sopocko, and the tender compassion he showed during those times was a beautiful expression of what the Sacrament of Confession can be for us.

St. Faustina herself wrote many times in her Diary of the beautiful gift we are given through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

(113)  And again, I would like to say three words to the soul that is determined to strive for sanctity and to derive fruit; that is to say, benefit from confession.

First [word] – complete sincerity and openness.  Even the holiest and wisest confessor cannot forcibly pour into the soul what he desires if it is not sincere and open.  An insincere, secretive soul risks great dangers in the spiritual life, and even the Lord Jesus Himself does not give Himself to such a soul on a higher level, because He knows it would derive no benefit from these special graces.

Second word – humility.  A soul does not benefit as it should from the sacrament of confession if it is not humble.  Pride keeps it in darkness.  The soul neither knows how, nor is it willing, to probe with precision the depths of its own misery.  It puts on a mask and avoids everything that might bring it recovery.

Third word – obedience.  A disobedient soul will win no victory, even if the Lord Jesus Himself, in person, were to hear its confession.  The most experienced confessor will be of no help whatsoever to such a soul.  The disobedient soul exposes itself to great misfortunes; it will make no progress toward perfection, nor will it succeed in the spiritual life.  God lavishes His graces most generously upon the soul, but it must be an obedient soul.  -Diary: Divine Mercy in My Soul, Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska

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Confession is a sacrament instituted by Jesus Christ in his love and mercy. It is here that we meet the loving Jesus who offers sinners forgiveness for offenses committed against God and neighbor. At the same time, Confession permits sinners to reconcile with the Church, which also is wounded by our sins.

Saint Faustina reminds us we need the sacrament of Penance because each of us, from time to time, sins. When we recognize that we have offended God who is all deserving of our love, we sense the need to make things right. Like the prodigal son in the Gospel, we long to know again the loving embrace of a forgiving father who patiently waits for each of us. Jesus himself has established this sure and certain way for us to access God’s mercy and to know that our sins are forgiven. By virtue of his divine authority, Jesus gives this power of absolution to the apostolic ministry. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church says, “in imparting to his apostles his own power to forgive sins the Lord also gives them the authority to reconcile sinners with the Church” (1444).

We need to know that our sins are forgiven. There is something in our human nature that calls out for the assurance that our sins are actually forgiven. Confession is the visible manifestation of God’s mercy that provides us, in human terms as well, the clear awareness that God has forgiven us.

As Holy Week approaches may we consider the mercy that awaits us.  There is no better drama to play out than what forgiveness has to offer us.

And I must confess there is no greater drama to watch than our selves falling into the arms of Jesus as we allow Him to wash away our sins.

“As we exit the confessional, we will feel his strength which gives new life and restores ardor to the faith.  After confession we are reborn.” Pope Francis

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hugs n’ restored blessings as we sincerely, humbly, obediently proclaim…

Jesus, I trust in You!