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In today’s society the notion of humility seems to be greeted with anathema.  It’s a curse word; something to shun, fear and ridicule.  We are taught to take control and to “look out for number one”.  Yet, when we allow ourselves to be humble and submit (yet another word we are not supposed to like) to God’s will good things inevitably happen.

El_Greco_The_Annunciation_c1590    One of the greatest examples of this is presented to us in the story of the annunciation.  The archangel Gabriel appears to Mary and tells her some astounding things.  She will be with child. Something that will happen through the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit, and she will give birth to the Son of God.  Mary “humbles” herself and “submits” to God’s will, as incredible and impossible as the whole scenario appears.  Note, Mary was not commanded to do this.  She could have said no.  Instead she asks for clarification and understanding and then utters that incredible and life changing statement:  Be it done to me according to your will.  (more…)

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As of this week I am back on board as a Benedictine Novice moving toward becoming a Benedictine Oblate.  I had been invested as an Novice back in March of 2009, but as it turned out I wasn’t spiritually or emotionally ready for that sort of commitment so my efforts eventually dwindled off and the weeds grew up to overtake the few seeds that my novitiate had planted.  In this elapsed time, however, I have continually felt the calling to return.  I’ve just  been well too adept at excusing the nudgings, finding all kinds of convenient reasons to put it off or ignore it altogether, and pretending I was doing the right thing going along on my own merry way.  But then this has been the modus operandi for much of my spiritual life, and my life in general.     (more…)

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There is a traditional Gospel song that most people have heard, and many know the chorus by heart.  It is called One Day at a Time.  The song is a prayer that asks,

Give me the strength to do everything that I have to do
Yesterday’s gone sweet Jesus
And tomorrow may never be mine
Help me today
Show me the way
One day at a time. (more…)

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Antiphon

Deep calls to deep

and my soul calls out to You in return. (more…)

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I perceive a problem with Catholics. Not all Catholics. Just a clique that for one reason or another I have been exposed to more lately than I have in the past. They are the ones who put being Catholic ahead of being Christian. They are also the same group who would immediately correct that statement saying they are one in the same; to be Catholic is to be Christian. But they are wrong. It is possible to be Catholic without any notion whatsoever of what it is to be Christian. (more…)

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Early in the winter we had a surprise in our home. Every year there are some plants that have to be brought in from outdoors in order for them to make it through the winter. This year when we brought in some young corkscrew willows that are still in pots we unknowingly brought in some surprise guests. (more…)

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It has been a while since I visited The Pew to post something. My last post was my grand declaration of submitting totally to God. I wonder now if that wasn’t one of my more egotistical moves. It has now been over a month and I can say it has been a spiritual time of upheaval.

 

One of the first lessons I learned was just how misdirected we Christians can be. In our pursuit of a spiritual and faith filled life we can create amazing facades and erect them around us into a beautifully designed and crafted booth that stands as a monument to our spiritual correctness. But what that booth really is is a barrier, a rampart to protect my belief from invaders lest someone come along and find the chink in the wall that proves my booth is made of paper instead of stone. (more…)

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