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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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Antiphon

Deep calls to deep

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

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Have you ever found yourself feeling like your life had just stopped, no forward momentum, things just not opening up in front of you?  I’ve been there.  Recently.  Actually I’m there now.  And when I drill down on it I realize it comes down to one basic element.  I’m not doing the things God has put into my hands to do.   (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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Another lesson in my one year journey with God is a revelatory one. It is one I would have told anyone I had conquered years ago yet when it came down to where the rubber meets the road all I had managed to do was identify it then shove it aside. I learned that much of my belief system, many of my paradigms, how I viewed God and Jesus, and how I pursued my faith walk were all driven by a deep seated fear. (more…)

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