Dear Sacred Heart Family,
We kickoff Catholic Schools week this weekend. Our school was a long-time hope that found fruition in 1928 and we are blessed to have it continue to this day. Thank you for all of your support. I am grateful for being able to go to Catholic Grade School in my home town.
I want to finish our series on New Year’s resolutions. Our first was patience with God, Faith, patience with ourselves, Hope. Our last is patience with others, Love.
I have found this to capture a good part of what Love asks of us- patience, patience, patience. It is the patience a parent has watching their child grow and develop at the pace a child grows. They don’t turn into an adult over night and we can’t expect them to. On the spiritual side we grow in a very similar way and we need to have that same patience to walk with someone through the awkwardness that growing includes with it. A few things to remember as we ask for this grace this year:
Pray that you can love others like God has loved You
We read in Deuteronomy 1:30-31: “The LORD, your God, who goes before you, is the one who will fight for you, just as he acted with you before your very eyes in Egypt, as well as in the wilderness, where you saw how the LORD, your God, carried you, as one carries his own child, all along your journey until you arrived at this place.”
Moses is talking about how God carried Israel for 40 years in the desert. Those 40 years were not all that pretty though. They included much kicking and screaming by the Israelites and the Lord had great patience with them, has the same patience with us. It can be really helpful to think of the ways God has been so patient with us, even as we perhaps kicked and screamed, doing anything but following Him, doing what He asked of us. When we consider the love and patience God has had for us, we can then turn around and pray that we can be patient with this person in the same way Jesus has been patient with me.
Pray that you can love others like people have loved you
We need to remember those who have been so incredibly patient with us and then pray for the grace to pay it forward. Think of those who have done this for you, parents, family member, mentors, teachers, coaches, employers. It is always funny to talk to someone when they are raising their children and that moment of clarity comes where they realize they understand what they themselves put their parents through!
Take time tonight thanking God for His Patient love, for the patient love of others in your life
Often enough is only in hindsight that we can realize the gift given to us by another. In the midst of our gratitude we can realize that we are simply praying for the grace to do for another what so many, God included, have done for us.
Place the people you have the hardest time being patient with before the Lord
God loves whoever this person might more than we ever can or will. No matter how difficult something has become this something we can always do.
God Bless! Fr. Todd