obtaining spiritual direction and understanding."without providing for a time of
healing and discernment, there will be no hope of living through this present
moment without a shattering of our common life"
This pilgrim was going through the exercise of planning to outline the purpose and
approach to the next blog post. Eventually, somehow, the proposed topics were
narrowed down to a select three. So, as this exercise has gone in the past, an outline
was drafted for each of the topics and possible approaches were thought about for
each. Just as the stage of preliminary drafting was to commence the worldly distractions
began like the rains and floods of early spring.It seemed that all the ideas and potential
narratives had become flotsam and jetsam that could never be retrieved.
plan and approach. Discomfort was first to surface and then a sense of anxiety increased.
What to do? The words always seem to appear once that flame of inspiration is mystically
lit. Then it is a matter of human knowledge that attempts to arrange the words in a
meaningful, grammatically correct and maybe even an impactful way. No words were
conjured and the flame was barely visible by that inner eye.
“Gratitude.”Another topic surfaced addressed the “After Glow of Pope Francis’ visit to
the United States.” Then there was a related topic about “Compassion, Mercy and serving
the poor.” Still, nothing!
Ignatianexercise (The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius) on the discernment of the spirits
that proposes letting go three days and let God, that magnificent miracle of the universe
somehow mysteriously,provide the answer. In other words, don’t worry about it, don’t pray
about it, stop trying to force it…just trust God. If you believe and you trust - the answer will
become obvious. There is this story where a father of a sick boy wants the disciples or Jesus
to heal his son. Jesus says to the man,“All things are possible for those who believe .”
This is where the pilgrim completely
identifies with that boy’s father as it is reported that the father responds “I do believe;
it is trust I lack (help my unbelief.”) Mark 9:24.
for the forthcoming blog post lay dormant on scraps of paper and in a word document
on hiscomputer. The weekend came filled with creative energy that was directed at
another passion, the writing, performing and recording of music. This activity filled the
moments and hours for three full days. On the night of the third day he was drained,
exhausted as all energy was spent on the music projects. He hoped that it was all
worthwhile as he went to bed there was a memory flash about the blog. Without
thinking about it any further he decided to focus his attention to
the writing of the post in the morning.
“quiet time” was a mechanical response to waking and rising. Before settling into serious
reflection, meditation, prayer and writing in his journal he would always like to “warm up “
with a smile by reading the online comics (cartoons from the daily newspapers) that he
received automatically on his computer and smart phone.
He thought "Sometimes we need to just trust our own hearts."
Coincidence is God's way of remaining anonymous
- Albert Einstein
We Sanctify all we are grateful for
- Anthony De Mello SJ
Looking For My Life - G. Harricon ( Smart Phones click on link)