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!
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!
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)
I have a little notebook that I jot down things that are said or ideas that I heard that strike me as interesting and something to hold onto. Here are some of the things that have crossed me path.
At night there are tears, but joy comes with dawn. – Ps 30
Many sorrows has the wicked but he who trusts in the Lord, loving mercy surrounds him. – Ps 32
Who are you going to let show, Jesus or Judas?
Wake up and turn around, come back. – priest who said mass
I live within you, rest now in me. – hymn
Will you let me answer prayer in you and you in me? – hymn
To make a right decision in your vocation, you must meditate upon it before our Lord and pray, pray much. – Don Cafasso to Don Bosco – Biographical Memoirs Volume II pg 162
Whatever you do, just don’t miss now.
Those who trust in Him shall understand truth, and the faithful shall abide with him in love: Because grace and mercy are with his holy ones, and his care is with his elect. – Wisdom 3:?
Allow God to find you. Allow Jesus to find you.
As we seek Jesus, allow Jesus to find us, then our lives will be totally changed.
Back in September of 2008, these questions were posed to me by a priest friend of mine. I have recently found them and thought that maybe they would stir up some reflection for you as they do for me.
When it comes to faith…
…what is your desire?
…where is Christ in your life?
…where is Christ in your prayers?
…is there only joy in the fun upbeat worship?
…is there an area of blockage that has occurred in the prayer life?
…what is a prayer life right now?
Contrary to what some may say, it is possible. I did catch a couple whispering throughout and there were a couple of moments I found it completely necessary to speak. That being said, Good Friday was a day were I went though so may different emotions. As I look back at my journal, it is filled with an abundance of writings…and I don’t exaggerate on the word abundance. From my journaling, I recall the day.
We did not have to be anywhere until nine in the morning. It was a wonderful thing indeed! After prayers and grabbing something to eat, one of the sisters and I headed up the hill to the cemetery. You see, we are not allowed to go up there alone because of an apparent bear issue (that we have yet to hear about since the mention). Our animator was kind in letting me go if someone came with. Yay!
When we met to go up, this sister asked me if I would like to pray the rosary. We made it through the second decade when we hit the cemetery. Standing in the cemetery praying the third decade, we both glanced over all the names of the sisters resting in peace there. It has been a little tradition of mine I started on my first visit there. This time, I stopped and took a special look at Sr. Rose McShane’s stone on the wall. This in honor of a special friend of mine who would visit her often. Finishing the third decade, we turned to head back down to the house.
The walk up there was wonderful and what I really needed at that moment. There is complete peace up there and it leaves this beautiful feeling in me. Walking along with the sister, I felt at home. Admist that, my mind was all over pondering my vocation. The walk to the cemetery was awesome.
During the silent retreat part of the day, I wrote in my journal and read. That was about it with the exception of a nap. My lunch was a wonderful roll and an apple. It was very delicious.
For awhile now, I have been praying that Jesus would transform me (maybe two months or so) to how He wishes me to be. When I went down the hill for the Good Friday Service, this was all I could pray as I reflected on my life, most especially since entering. The service, as was the prior one, was good. Again, I missed involvement with music. At my parish as well, the choir I was involved with did the Good Friday mass. Despite that, it was good to again be surrounded by the sisters.
We had the stations of the cross up the hill in our chapel with our community. My prayer in that was simply to have Jesus bring me on His journey. To have Him reach my heart and fill my soul with His love was what I had wanted.
That evening, we had a chance to go to a Tenebrae. I am not sure I had gone to one before, though I have gone to something similar at Christmas. One sister and a companion of mine were the only ones to go. It was a good chance to reflect on the scriptures and through music. At the beginning we were all to take a nail. When we went up to venerate the cross, we dropped the nail into a basket at the foot of the cross. It was a powerful symbol to me. So many things came across my mind in staring at that one nail.
At the end of the day, I thanked Jesus over and over for all the opportunities I had to be with Him in special ways throughout the day. Who ever knew a silent retreat could be so loudly fruitful?
I know that I am traveling a little ways back, but life has finally granted me a moment to catch up with everything I wanted to blog about, at least some of it. So, here is some of that I wanted to share. Some of it is taken directly from my journal, some is written now reflecting back. I do apologize for the longer than normal post, please still read it!
To start off Holy Thursday festivities, the school had a prayer service before the half day dismissal. As a part of it, there was a dance at the end to “Footprints in the Sand,” by Leona Lewis. We danced to the first two and a half minutes or so. It was really good to dance again, and it was not just easy stuff. I was with two sophomores, one of which choreographed the dance. Dancing for God was wonderful. While I was not even close to perfect, I did the best I could. Here is the song. Remember, we only went to about two and a half minutes in the dance, but the rest of the song is good too!
That evening we went down the hill to the Provincial House for the Holy Thursday services. It was odd not being a part of the music in some way or the other. I blame anyone. I know there was a better chance of a [former] companion of mine was there. Let me say though, I say with all that I had with her voice in the back of my head. I did enjoy being surrounded by the sisters, it was a wonderful family to be with then.
I have some quotes from the priest who presided over the mass. They stuck out to me as her was giving the homily. I wish I would have caught more of it on paper.
We were called not because we were ready, but because we are willing.
We know we are not perfect, but we are willing.
You know what devil, get lost.
After the service, a handful of us climbed into the seven passenger van around eight pm to start the church hopping adventure. For those of you who don’t know the tradition (and I just learned, so my explanation is a little meh), this is what I am able to explain. In order to stay awake with Jesus, unlike the disciples who fell asleep and did not keep watch, you travel from church to church visiting Jesus in all the chapels before He is reposed to a special place until the Easter Vigil. We went to a total of eight stops between leaving at eight and arriving at the last just before midnight. It was just after midnight when we got back home. The following in italics is from my journal, written that night.
Stop 1: Oh Jesus, bring me to my knees in adoration of you. I love you. Here I wish to pray for Jen and all her intentions. She is very precious to me. Be with her. Oh Jesus, transform me.
Stop 2: Oh Jesus, give me humility in adoration of you. I love you. This stop is for my parents. Watch over them, keep them close. Be with them. Oh Jesus, transform me.
Stop 3: Oh Jesus, give me prudence in adoration of you. I love you. I pray for Renate wherever she may be. Bring her back to you and keep her safe. Oh Jesus, transform me.
Stop 4: Oh Jesus, give me wisdom in adoration of you. I love you. Watch over Matthew, Molly, and Abby. Help them to never stray from you and to have a stong relationship with you. Oh Jesus, transform me.
Stop 5: Oh Jesus, grant me courage in adoration of you. I love you. I pray for my Marianist Family, that they are always faithful to their charism. Keep them in my heart. Oh Jesus, transform me.
Stop 6: Oh Jesus, bring my to understanding in adoration of you. I love you. Shower your love on Priyanka as she grows up. Show her your love and care that she may follow you. Oh Jesus, transform me.
Stop 7: Oh Jesus, help me to love fully in adoration of you. I love you. Protect all my close friends. Keep them close to you. Let them know all the good they have done, especially for me. Oh Jesus, transform me.
Stop 8: Oh Jesus, give me patience in adoration of you. I love you. I pray for me grandparents. Let them know how much they are blessings in this world. Grant them everlasting peace. Oh Jesus, transform me.
“silently, peacefully, we will rest in you, Lord.”
Home/Bed: Thank you Lord, for the time spent with you. I pray that these words of mine make it up to you. All this I do and ask for the sake of my vocation. It is in you and your Father that I must put all my trust. What else could there even possibly be? Jesus allow me to sit at your table so that I continue to learn from you in the way you are with your disciples. Keep in my heart the experience tonight. Thank you for everything you have done in my life.
It was amazing to see Jesus in all the different churches in the area. I am blessed to be here and I cannot wait to share this experience. Peace.
Missing people is rough sometimes.
Life is grand if you rely on God. Grand doesn’t mean easy. Life is hard too.
Just because you can feel deeply doesn’t mean others can too.
They really do like you even if you tell them to get to class every morning and other like things.
Rain is an amazing thing. I wish I could stand in it, but I am supposed to be prudent.
Silence is good. Sometimes it provides a chance to be noisy.
Don’t take for granted all that is around you.
Clean up after yourselves, it makes the world much more happy.
Don’t eat the noodle soup, it comes from a can and is salty, but I like it anyways.
There is goodness in everyone, even if it is impossible to see.
Sometimes they are right, sometimes they are wrong. Act as if they are right no matter and deal with it later.
Swimming in the rain is so amazing.
Walk to New York often if a Sister will go, it is refreshing.
Tricky Tray is not a game, be ready to work.
If the internet is down, deal with it. It will come back eventually.
Sleep when you can. Don’t stay up till ten unless you have to for something important.
Call home every now and then. While you may not mind the distance, someone else might.
Simplify everything. Some people don’t here, it gets stressful.
Ask God for forgiveness the forgive yourself because He already has.
If it is windy and chilly, recess is outside. If it is nice and warm, recess is inside.
If you want to cry, watch a movie with the sisters. If you want to laugh, with the aspirants.
When you give up sweets as a house, you might have to sacrifice and eat cake.
If you are bored, you won’t be for long.
Friends are valuable, never give up on them.
Where is the snow? Oh, right, weather changes and so do people.
Don’t think too hard while posting on a blog…things go on and on.
Even if you are sincere and honest, people may not believe you. Stand up for yourself.
Be careful. Know yourself. Keep aware.
Trust in God, our Creator and Father.
Give all to Jesus, our Savior and Brother.
Let the Holy Spirit move you, the Love that lives within.