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Note to a Worried Friend

In 07 Observations on 2011/07/15 at 12:14 PM

The past is memory; the future, imagination.  We have only the present, and it is only in the present that we receive the grace we need to cope.  We do not receive grace to cope with our imaginary worries for the future.  If and when what we worry about comes to pass, then it will be in that present that we will be given the graces we need.

We can only offer God the present, today.  And, we need to sanctify each day, heeding the many inspirations and graces which He sends us throughout the day.  We need to concentrate on what we are doing.  Sanctity results by being faithful in details, in everyday things, in actions which might seem irrelevant were they not vivified by grace.

Hope is a virtue that is essential to our sanity.  We need it most when we are in difficult situations or have serious problems.  It helps us to focus on eternal values so as not to become disoriented.  St. John Chrysostom always gave practical as well as spiritual advice: ” One needs not only to be able to hold out but to have a stable, solid confidence, which is firmly grounded on faith, so as never to be overcome by difficulties.” (Homily on Hebrews 5)

God will always be there at the right time (although it may be in secret and mysterious ways).  Do not abandon Him: He does not abandon you.  Mother Teresa used to say:  “God speaks to us in the silence of our hearts.”  So, listen with the ears of your heart.

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

In 01 Daily Meditations on 2011/04/09 at 2:12 PM

The past is memory; the future, imagination; we only have the present…then is when we get the grace we need to cope with our situations.

We do not get grace to cope with our imaginary worries for the future.  If and when what we worry about comes to pass, then it will be our present, then we will get the graces we need.

Today’ is the only time we can offer to God.

We need to sanctify the day and heed the many inspirations and graces which God sends us throughout the day.

We also need to concentrate on what we are doing.

Sanctity is forged by being faithful in details, in everyday things, in actions which might seem irrelevant if not vivified by grace.

God will always be there at the right time–although it may be in secret and mysterious ways.

Do not abandon God: He does not abandon you.

Mother Teresa used to say:  God speaks to us in the silence of our hearts.

You can add to that:  we need to listen with our ears and  heart.