Ah, here we are again, that time of year when we work to get back into the hustle and bustle of school and schedules. It is a time to make a plan and think ahead. It is in the midst of all this planning and running around that I keep getting the nudge to stop and contemplate what it is that I am actually doing this for. I see it as God tapping me on the shoulder saying, “Ahem, don’t leave me behind.” It is in this moment that I realize my planning isn’t incorporating the Lord in the events of everyday life.
Not the Destination...
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Last week I wrote about parents being models of holiness for their children. We looked at a few saints and how their parent’s example had impacted them. This week I want to reflect on one particular family: The Martin family.
You may or may not have noticed that this has been Marriage Week. And the internet has been awash with a plethora of ideas to boost one’s marriage and the marriages of others.
Bravo to the US Bishops in particular for their innovative “What have you done for your marriage?” quiz and other digital ideas.
We know that the ship (bark or barque, barchetta) was an ancient Christian symbol. It is symbolic of the Church, and to some extent the individual soul, tossed on the sea of disbelief, worldliness, and persecution but finally reaching safe harbour with its cargo of human souls.
The Irish have a great saying: ‘If you don’t go away, you can’t come back!’ which I think is a perfect way to describe how Christ’s ascension to heaven, after spending 40 intimate risen and glorified days with his Mother and close friends, must have felt and should still feel for us today.