the Mission

REAL TALK…

I like talking to God.

I could not admit this to most people because what would they think? So instead I will just put it out here on social-media where no one will ever know. (Giggles.)

During the COVID-pandemic it took me a short-while to tune out the perpetual media-saturation – but once I broke free – the reassuring whisper of His voice could be found, once again.

Has anyone else been hearing God more (clearly) during this period of our Country’s COVID- isolation?

I have been in awe that while the world is shouting...He still peacefully whispers.

Likewise, while the fear-mongers incessantly chatter, He speaks but limited Words. Which is always far more resounding to me, like a deafening gong, piercing through it all. Moreover, everything that He offers leads to one thing…

I love you.

And so begins my daily Mission. To listen for this sweet phrase, as often as I can.

Through the worldly noise. Through the disappointment. Through the struggle. Through the difference of what our lives are becoming.

The world is changing.

Our lives are all changing.

(But)

To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.

Saint John Henry Newman

Will I seek to use my time as a means of becoming His perfection?

Saint Newman had a beautiful prayer about one’s Mission – and I’m striving to live this prayer out, on my own – as a means of whispering back to God…

“I love you, too.”

The Mission of my Life

Saint John Henry Newman

God has created me to do Him some definite service.

He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another.

I have my mission.

I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next.

I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons.

He has not created me for naught.

I shall do good; I shall do His work.

I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it if I do but keep His commandments.

Therefore, I will trust Him, whatever I am, I can never be thrown away.

If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him, in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him. If I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. He does nothing in vain.

He knows what He is about.

He may take away my friends. He may throw me among strangers. He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide my future from me.

Still, He knows what He is about.

hugs n’ blessings to all those daring to change once again.

One final thought:

When you finally see yourself as God sees you, I promise you will recognize the talents and abilities you have been blessed with and start operating in the fullness of those gifts.

At which point – when our time here on earth is complete – we may hope to have others whisper, “See how much they loved Him.”

let’s make the world great again: with a national book club!

*this is not a political post!

Remember how I said I’ve been unearthing treasures?!!

Well, this particular treasure is too good not to be shared!

It’s another book but,

this one needs to be shared with:

every student before they begin high school,

every young adult going off to college,

every man or woman entering marriage,

every professor,

administrator,

activist,

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the Whole Wide World!

 

Mass in The Grand Hall
 

I’ve known about the World Meeting of Families for months.  I’ve prepared to go for the past couple of weeks.  But it wasn’t until today that it hit me…the Whole Wide World had been invited!!  

Not just our bus of pilgrims, not just our diocese, not just Pennsylvanian’s but they really meant…the Whole Wide World was invited! 

AND THEY CAME!  

Not just me, not just our bus, not just the faithful in Pennsylvania but literally tens of thousands of others from…the Whole Wide World! (And they are predicting the city of Philadelphia will have approximately 1.5 million people on its streets beginning tomorrow.)

This great epiphany came as I stood amongst a sea of other Catholics during the final Mass this morning for the World Meeting of Families held in the Grand Hall of the Philadelphia Convention Center. Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, presided; as well as, being joined on the altar by a plethara of other fellow Bishops and priests.  It was magical and breathtaking and you could feel the commitment of faith from those around you!  

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia
 
Then at the moment Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia said,

“At the Savior’s command and formed by divine teaching, we dare to say…”

 It hit me! That’s when I looked to my left to grab the hand of a Vietnamese woman and then to my right to have my hand held firmly by a Mexican man.  Here I was in the middle of two different Countries and the three of us were reciting Our Father’s Prayer, as a part of…the Whole Wide World

  

    
The tears that fell from that holy moment only helped to brighten my view now on all the others who were in the room.  A cuban couple in front of me. Koreans behind & to the left.  Nigerians to my far right.  And fellow Americans directly behind.  I believe we all felt this immense connection of being a part of something much bigger than us all.  We were family, familia, One Catholic and Apolstolic faith! We were but a small part of a faith that is entrenched in…the Whole Wide World.

  

    

How fitting it was that this clarity came under the recitation of Our Father’s Prayer.  The Lord’s Prayer is the prayer the entire Church says every single day at every Mass and it is part of the Communion Rite. Jesus taught The Lord’s Prayer to his disciples when they asked how to pray (cf. Mt 6:9-13, Lk 11:2-4) and it signifies our communion with God and the fellowship we share with one another. In this prayer, the people join their voices to pray for the coming of God’s kingdom and to ask God to provide for our needs, forgive our sins, and bring us to the joy of heaven.

And peope in the Whole Wide World are invited to profess this!

Won’t you join us too?

these hugs n’ blessings are sent to the far corners of the world today!

ps- Papa Francis arrives tomorrow in Philadelphia and…the Whole Wide World can hardly wait!