Last July, about a month into this new job, I became pregnant with my first child, and my husband and I welcomed our sweet son in April. We named our son Benedict after Saint Benedict of Nursia, one of our favorite saints. He has been a very important and significant saint in our marriage and relationships, but especially in work. I mean his motto is "ora et labora" ("pray and work"). However, if I’m being honest, sometimes it’s more like having to work at prayer. It isn’t always natural or easy.
This Lent I am reading "This Tremendous Lover" and thumbing through other spiritual readings. I hope that upon reading the wisdom and advice I found that it may prove fruitful and helpful to you this in Lent and beyond.
Over the past few weeks, my inbox and news feeds have slowly filled up with a collection of Lent articles and videos. This probably won't be your first time taking Lent seriously, and if you are like me, there might be an inclination to stick with what's comfortable. That's what I was planning on doing until I came across a few of these recommendations. I haven't landed on one yet, but there's still time to decide. I hope you find something fruitful in these recommendations.
Everyday we are presented with opportunities to practice self-denial and resignation to God's will. If we can't handle a mild irritation, how will we be ready when God calls us to make a truly great sacrifice? The ordinary day filled with ordinary and seemingly mundane tasks is our training; it's where real saints are made.
I think it's safe to say that most of the time the answer is no, and the main reason is found in Fr. Sebastien's words above. "Grace...is a reality that conditions our humanity to attain the purposes God has for us." There is a great lesson here if we have eyes to see it.
Do I still struggle with anxiety? Yes. That's why I refer to it as a cross, butthere's a difference between battling anxiety and letting it run your life. That's what was happening in the past. I've done the work, I'm continuing to do it today, and it has blessed every aspect of my life...
I wrote an article on Monday called Public Enemy #1 about my encounter in adoration. In that email I challenged you to think about the #1 habitual sin in your life, and I offered some suggestions that have proven to be helpful for me personally in the past. There was a second insight from adoration that day that I had planned to share today, but something happened this week that I just had to tell you about.