Dear Sacred Heart Family,
This coming week I will be gone Sunday afternoon on the 28th– August 2nd for vacation with my twin brother and a couple of friends. My brother Randy’s last day here at the parish was the 25th. Dan will be leaving us the end of August for Seminary at Sacred Heart. It has been a blessing to have them here both serving and helping on a list of projects around the parish and at the school. I have gotten pretty used to a game or two of cards at the end of the evening but it will be back to two person games with Fr. Tomy! Please continue to pray for them and for all those discerning a call to religious life in our diocese.
I would like to mention a resource as a follow-up to last week’s reading about Martha and Mary. Jesus gently reminded Martha not to be anxious or worried and to learn to do everything with Him and for Him. To see the many little duties of life not as mere duties but as acts of love, something that God wants to present in. It is a struggle for all of us to unite the entirety of lives with Jesus. Too often we divide up our lives into God Time and then Our Time. They are meant to be one such that even as we are going about like Martha with daily activities we are still like Mary at the feet of Jesus.
The resource is a little short book by Brother Lawrence called “The Practice of the Presence of God”. (https://www.amazon.com/Practice-Presence-God-Brother-Lawrence/dp/0883681056).
“Brother Lawrence was a man of humble beginnings who discovered the greatest secret of living in the kingdom of God here on earth. It is the art of “practicing the presence of God in one single act that does not end.” He often stated that it is God who paints Himself in the depths of our souls. We must merely open our hearts to receive Him and His loving presence.
As a humble cook, Brother Lawrence learned an important lesson through each daily chore: The time he spent in communion with the Lord should be the same, whether he was bustling around in the kitchen—with several people asking questions at the same time—or on his knees in prayer. He learned to cultivate the deep presence of God so thoroughly in his own heart that he was able to joyfully exclaim, “I am doing now what I will do for all eternity. I am blessing God, praising Him, adoring Him, and loving Him with all my heart.”
Look to those things in your life that have drifted into mere duty and invite Jesus into them. At the beginning of the day when you roll out of bed stop for a second on your knees and offer that thing, whatever it might be, to Jesus ahead of time. Then in the midst of it ask Jesus to be with you and for you to be with Him.