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What Keeps the Lepers Going…and YOU!

The reflection on today’s Gospel is one that I was struck by.  Thus, I have decided that I am going to re-type it up here for all of you to see.  The Gospel passage is from Luke 17:11-19.  First below is the Gospel to refresh your memory.

As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem,
he traveled through Samaria and Galilee.
As he was entering a village, ten lepers met him.
They stood at a distance from him and raised their voice, saying,
“Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!”
And when he saw them, he said,
“Go show yourselves to the priests.”
As they were going they were cleansed.
And one of them, realizing he had been healed,
returned, glorifying God in a loud voice;
and he fell at the feet of Jesus and thanked him.
He was a Samaritan.
Jesus said in reply,
“Ten were cleansed, were they not?
Where are the other nine?
Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?”
Then he said to him, “Stand up and go;
your faith has saved you.”

The reflection is by John Janaro.  He is a professor emeritus of theology and the author of “Never Give Up: My Life and God’s Mercy.”

What Keeps the Lepers Going

This disease is not who I am.  The recognition of this is essential, but the translation of this judgement into a disposition of the heart requires a continual effort.  It requires prayer.  I am not entirely healed, which means I must live my relationship with God in the recognition that he wills the cloud to remain in some measure, as part of his loving plan for my life.

By God’s grace I have found that depression can be transformed into an awareness of my total dependence on God.  I must beg him continually to deepen my awareness of my need for him.  The good news, of course, is that he is here to meet that need, that dependence that really is who I am.  Jesus Christ has untied my whole life to his.  He is here, in every circumstance, in every difficulty.  The cloud says, “I am nothing.”  Humility says, “I am nothing without you.”

I noted above that depression can become a context for growing in love.  But I don’t grow in love simply by figuring this out.  It is possible to affirm, as a kind f external idea, that “God loves me” while at the same time being plunged into the cloud.  I could write a brilliant theological treatise on the love of God for every human person and still be afflicted and crushed with the sense of being worthless.  To grow in love is to grow in the heart.

I can grow because, in fact, Jesus really is here.  He takes the initiative.  He knows the depths of my sorrow, and he enters into me right there, where I think I am most alone.  If I am talking to him (prayer), it is because he is already here. And he knows the language of the heart.  He hears and understands my secret cry before I even know that I have made it.  He answers, and he promises that he is not going to give up on my.  I must never give up on him.

I sense that the cloud is not so big, because – after all – I am rather small.

“You, O God, are good.”  And the nothingness of me is filled with the goodness of God.  that is how it should be…

“Jesus, make me good.  Make me holy.  Make me yours.”

I think the reflections says it all…there is nothing else for me to say.  Only this: that we must prayer for each other on our journeys of faith.

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A Place In My Heart

As one may notice, I don;t blog as often as I used to.  Perhaps I am not as inspired, or the enthusiasm for finding something to write about is missing.  It is not that I have nothing to write about, for I have a world of things I could share.  So it can still be wondered why not write more?  Most of what floods my mind, my heart, my soul, and my entire being is too personal to share with the open world.  One day perhaps.  That being said, I do have a little something for you to munch on.

I have been wishing that a song would cross my path that would give cause for some reflection, and something to share here.  The problem is, I really have only been listening to music in the car nice and loud to drown out the rest of the world inside of me.  At home, I get un-excited to listen to my iPod.  Maybe it could be the fact that there are songs there that can snap me back to reality and all the good things there for me if I put my trust in the right place.  Regardless, I was looking at the annoying ads on the right hand column of the Facebook screen and say a YouTube video and clicked on it.  This is the song that started to play.

Wow, right?  It is called “A Place in my Heart” and it is by Irvin Evans.  To me, a not-so well-known name in the Christian music world, yet appears on my ads at one of the many times that I need it the most when usually nothing comes up anywhere (that I have seen because you know, God has a million blessings everywhere and we miss them).  Strange, don’t you think?

At first, it was purely the music itself, aside from all the words, that drew me in.  This would play as a beautiful instrumental music.  Then, as I listened to the words, it feels like the hidden prayer in my heart.  As I have learned, and still see to be learning, I can’t just pray for things and hope they happen and that I will instantly heal.  I need to give something and make room in my heart for what I am being given.  This song has brought me to shed tears that I avoid letting go on a normal basis.

I want to pray this type of prayer fervently, but God, I need Your help to even talk to you.  Even to talk to Mary, Mother of all, I find myself struggling.  Let this song you have given me sink it and open my heart more and more.  I can’t do this alone.  Please fill all the places of my heart.  Amen.

 
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Posted by on September 6, 2012 in Inner Reflection, Inspirational Music

 

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Your Bread

A friend of mine posted this quote on her facebook page and I had to share it here.

“For in this you will prove yourself truly a friend in you refresh your friend’s hunger with your bread.  Your bread is Christ, your bread is your charity, your bread is your prayer, your bread is remorse expressed in your tears, by which you wash away not only your own sins but the those of your friends. ” Fr. Adam of Persighe

Powerful…

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2012 in Being Catholic, Inner Reflection

 

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One Thing Remains

I heard this song for what I think was the first time this past Saturday.  It struck something very deep in me and I have finally decided to share it.  It is called “One Thing Remains,” by Jeremy Riddle.

“Your love never fails, it never gives up, it never runs out on me.”  How beautiful is that!?  It never ceases to amaze me when somethign stricks me like this.  Who else could put that passion and love in me other than God?  Sigh…things like this are wonderful reminders of the purpose of my life and who I am to turn to at all times.

 
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Posted by on January 24, 2012 in Inner Reflection, Inspirational Music

 

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Jesus and Religion

 In case you have not heard, there was a particular video that made its surface not long ago and got millions of hits in just one day.  It is talking about how Jesus is great, but religion is not.  The creator of the video calls it “Why I Hate Religion, but Love Jesus || Spoken Word.”  There has been much discussion and many conversations on this.  Some of our Salesian Novices created a video in response to this, almost immediately after they heard and saw.  They called it, “Why I Love Religion, and Love Jesus || Spoken Word (Response Video).”  I would strongly recommend that you watch the response video.  It is extremely well done and addresses the topics of the original one that was put out.  If you have not seen what all the fuss is about, watch the first one as well to gain some background.  I advocate what the second one is about, the one done by the Salesians, just so everyone knows.  Let me know what you think.

Why I Hate Religion, but Love Jesus || Spoken Word

Why I Love Religion, and Love Jesus || Spoken Word (Response Video)

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2012 in Being Catholic, Videos

 

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Beautiful…

“Our highest calling, and our greatest honor, is to fix our eyes on the Lord and let him draw us to his side.”

So beautiful…it makes me melt!  What is better than this!?

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2012 in Inner Reflection

 

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Hope in Jesus

This Advent, and this entire postulancy time, I have had one word in my mind that I have held onto. That word is HOPE. I cannot share with all of you my thoughts on this word and the reflections with them, as they are too personal.

I have learned so much, yet I have so far to go. So many things I have let go of, and yet there is so much more to do. A few things have landed in the “Give it to Jesus” box in my formator’s office. My life is not the same it was when I entered into formation. It is even not the same as when I got here in August, or even the beginning of Advent. I have changed, I have grown. Much of it may not even be in a way that is visible. HOPE carries me through. Going home soon, it will be hard to keep that. We have been told and I believe it. It is amazing to think of all that has happened in these past months. I am doing a couple of the hardest things I will ever do in my life, yet the most worthwhile. God is asking so much of me.

I live in HOPE of what Jesus’ birth gives us. I have HOPE for so much. It is HOPE that carries me through.

“Hope starts small and overtakes us.” – Jan Richardson

 
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Posted by on December 24, 2011 in Inner Reflection

 

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