Even though we may be apart, we are still connected.
I was listening to a podcast and the host, Sarah Mae (The Complicated Heart), had a guest who suggested that we wake up every morning and choose who is in charge of the day. Is it me? Is it they? Or is it God? Good question. Living through a global pandemic can make it feel as if they are in charge more than ever. We know we still have the power to handle our days, so we claim our new regulations and put our best foot forward. We are in charge. It is a common thought, that if I am to be successful, I must be in charge of my day. I grab life and drive it with my foot on the gas and my hands firming on the wheel. I am handling the details of my life and I am winning. Until I am not. Things go wrong. Sickness, an oversight, a mistake, disappointment, worry, sin, unsolvable problems, death. We have all been there. It is dark and it is lonely. We all know the obvious answer. God has to be in charge. So we must get up every day and lift our palms to Heaven and ask God to guide us. We do this through prayer. We do this through the Holy Spirit who unites us all.
All of us who have received one and the same Spirit, that is, the Holy Spirit, are in a sense blended together with one another and with God. For if Christ, together with the Father’s and his own Spirit, comes to dwell in each of us, though we are many, still the Spirit is one and undivided. He binds together the spirits of each and every one of us, . . . and makes all appear as one in him. For just as the power of Christ’s sacred flesh unites those in whom it dwells into one body, I think that in the same way the one and undivided Spirit of God, who dwells in all, leads all into spiritual unity (part 1, chap. 3, Catechism of the Catholic Church).
We need each other. January is cold. Life is hard. People we know are suffering. The future is uncertain. At the very least, we are bored. Human contact or attempts to resume social activity feels unsafe and so we close in tighter to our homes and ourselves. It feels lonely. Maybe you are making the best of your extra time. I have filled in my extra time with sorting, reading, walking, listening to podcasts (Father Todd’s article last week listed several that are excellent), on-line classes etc. This is not filling the void of social interaction. I miss field trips, community breakfasts, movie night in the gym, staff lunches, sports, and parties. I am sure our students are missing them too. We are getting used to being disconnected and it feels like a slow ache.
We are not alone. We are in this together. We know this, but it is easy to get lost in the chaos or in the mundane. I may not be able to see you or even know you are on my team, but when we pray, we are together. We are connected by the Holy Spirit. We are loved and we are able to share this love. Even though we may be apart, we are still connected. Go Team!
When the feeling of loneliness strikes, this beautiful prayer can help remind us of our love for God. He is the creator of everything we hold dear to our hearts. This prayer, written by Pope Pius VI gives us comfort in knowing that if we place the Lord first, the rest of life’s plans will fall into place accordingly.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us. Christ graciously hear us.
God, the Father of heaven, Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Ghost, Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, Have mercy on us.
Thou Who art Infinite Love, Have mercy on us.
Thou Who didst first love me, Have mercy on us.
Thou Who commandest me to love Thee, Have mercy on us.
With all my heart, I Love Thee, O My God
With all my soul, I Love Thee, O My God
With all my mind, I Love Thee, O My God
With all my strength, I Love Thee, O My God
Above all possessions and honors, I Love Thee, O My God
Above all pleasures and enjoyments, I Love Thee, O My God
More than myself, and everything belonging to me, I Love Thee, O My God
More than all my relatives and friends, I Love Thee, O My God
More than all men and angels, I Love Thee, O My God
Above all created things in heaven or on earth, I Love Thee, O My God
Only for Thyself, I Love Thee, O My God
Because Thou art the sovereign Good, I Love Thee, O My God
Because Thou art infinitely worthy of being loved, I Love Thee, O My God
Because Thou art infinitely perfect, I Love Thee, O My God
Even hadst Thou not promised me heaven, I Love Thee, O My God
Even hadst Thou not menaced me with hell, I Love Thee, O My God
Even should Thou try me by want and misfortune, I Love Thee, O My God
In wealth and in poverty, I Love Thee, O My God
In prosperity and in adversity, I Love Thee, O My God
In health and in sickness, I Love Thee, O My God
In life and in death, I Love Thee, O My God
In time and in eternity, I Love Thee, O My God
In union with that love wherewith all the saints and all the angels love Thee in heaven, I Love Thee, O My God
In union with that love wherewith the Blessed Virgin Mary loveth Thee, I Love Thee, O My God
In union with that infinite love wherewith Thou loves Thyself eternally, I Love Thee, O My God
My God, Who dost possess in incomprehensible abundance all that is perfect and worthy of love, annihilate in me all guilty, sensual, and undue love for creatures. Kindle in my heart the pure fire of Thy love, so that I may love nothing but Thee or in Thee, until being so entirely consumed by holy love of Thee, I may go to love Thee eternally with the elect in heaven, the country of pure love.
Anne Atkin, Principal
Sacred Heart School
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