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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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Simply Pray

People always say pray hard, pray like you have never prayed before.  Why not simply pray?  Sometimes one is not able to do anything but simply pray in the face of what is going on in their lives, especially in those heartbroken moments.  Even that can be a struggle.  Prayer is special, different for each person, that conversation with God.  Why not simply pray?

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2012 in Inner Reflection

 

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Feel Love

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This is so adorable, and very true. We need to feel love, not know it. Knowing love doesn’t mean it exists. To have love existing, we need to feel it. Perhaps where the struggle then comes in. If we could express and share love, more people could feel it. Some time the love can feel lacking. I know what that is like. This on the flip side we must remember that God holds the ultimate love. That truly must be felt if we are to survive.

 
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Posted by on April 28, 2012 in Inner Reflection

 

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Lenten Wilderness

“The wilderness will lead you to your heart where I will speak.”

Hello wilderness, here I come, ever more deep into you and away from the world. Teach me in the silence and in the depths of my being, undistracted by the world we live in. Help me to separate from that which I must separate in this time of more intense prayer. Guide me to the way of holiness that I strive for in each sacrifice made, both now and forever more.

I pray that Lent may be fruitful for you and bring you closer to the one who loves you most and holds you close. He will be with you as you travel with Him, striving for holiness.

 
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Posted by on February 21, 2012 in Inner Reflection

 

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Live the Dream

Here is a video that I think all of you should see!  It puts such hope and yearning in one’s soul, among other things as well!

 
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Posted by on January 25, 2012 in Inspirational Music, Living Salesian, Videos

 

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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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