In the Gospel of Mark it reads, “Rising very early before the dawn, Christ left and went off to a deserted place, where He would pray.” Before the dawn to a deserted place where He could commune with His Father. The Love between Father and Son is the Holy Spirit. That pure Love that wishes to abide within our heart as well. Christ knocks upon the door of our heart, but it is we who must answer the door. Prayer opens us to relationship with the Blessed Trinity. “The one who loves Me shall be loved by My Father and I will love you and manifest Myself to you.” It may be difficult to trust. It may be difficult to love. God waits patiently for us to open our heart. “For God does not treat us according to our sins nor repay us according to our faults. For as far as the East is from the West, so far does He remove our sins.” Ps 103 For me, I find my deserted place in my bed since I am now homebound. I tell you this because I want you to understand a deserted place can be anywhere you can be alone with God. It could be a closet space or your bathroom. The object is to find a few minutes each day to be alone with Him. There you may commune with God. Lay everything before His feet. Your senses, your feelings, your intellect. Open your heart to the Holy Spirit. You are opening your heart to pure Love. Do not be afraid. You will soon find an inner joy and a peace that can only come from God.
Have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving!
Your brother in Christ Jesus,
Hermits of the Holy Cross
This week was unprecedented in ways never before experienced by the American people. The Election of a President during a period of time when our Nation was inundated and overwhelmed by unrest, unemployment, a world-wide pandemic of proportions previously never even imagined by most Americans, shortages of food and necessary supplies, fear, isolation, anger and displays of violence everywhere. Threats from other Countries interference in our election process also added to the insecurities of a large part of our population.
How many I wonder; how many ran towards God and sought God’s help believing in Faith that God would somehow get them through? How many prayed entrusting their lives, livelihoods and families to God? And how many had to offer their total heartbreak in light of the loss of a loved one to the fatal effect of Covid 19? Some may be experiencing tremendous joy today, now that the Election results have been announced. And for many who ask why their loved ones had to die because so many refused to wear masks, they might feel a kind of bitter-sweet relief in hopes that the new Administration will act more quickly and decisively now to put an end to this nightmare that has touched all of our lives in some way or other. Still for others, the loss of their preferred Candidate might be impacting their lives in entirely different ways, but through their own eyes just as painfully. I think we can all attest to the stark reality we have witnessed of the division of our own beloved Country today more than ever.
When God broke my heart open with His Grace and let my bitterness and selfishness drain out, and then filled it with His own Love, I never suspected at the time that it would change my entire egocentric way of acting and reacting. I personally can no longer see in anyone an enemy. I can no longer judge my neighbor as if I have a true understanding of who they are in God’s eyes. Instead I can feel in my soul the heartbreak when I see the harm caused by those who do not love their neighbor as God has loved them. And I can pray for them. I can feel the suffering of those on the receiving end, as well as on those who are responsible for its cause, since they have not allowed the Grace of God to enter their lives and are thusly suffering as well. And I pray for them, too. Observe, Judge not, Act with Love and Pray! This is what I offer today for all Americans who, in light of the Results of America’s choice for our next President, might be feeling the temptation to physically or verbally act against some one or side without first discerning God’s Will. Pray, Love, and do Not judge. Praise God and always be grateful for His life of Love alive within you! The true Kingdom of God IS within!