Sabbath Moments

June 29, 2013, Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul

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Thunderstorm

Thursday night we had a spectacular light and sound show, courtesy of the Lord. For close to a half hour around 2:00 a.m. the heavenly strobes went off almost continuously with accompanying drums. It would have been nice if that were all there was to it, but the Lord sent high, straight line winds with it. We lost electricity at 2:30 a.m. Apparently our part of town was the worst hit with entire trees falling across roads, trees sheared off mid trunk, and plenty of large branches torn off.

Fortunately, the worst that happened to us was that all our Earthboxes with their cages were tipped at a 45° angle and their contents flopped over. Hubby found the mess in the morning and kindly set the boxes upright.  Later on I went out and happily discovered that we didn’t lose much at all. The tomatoes and peppers just needed to be tied upright again.  A few branches stripped from a few plants was not a high price to pay for the storm.

Meanwhile, we opened the house up since we had no power and enjoyed the mild morning breeze. We had no idea when the electric company was going to get our power restored. Not the police, not the power company itself, not the news media could tell us anything. We’ve been through this before with ice storms and it can run to three or more days without electricity so we prayed that the Lord would give us a break this time. He did. As the heat rose and we made plans to transfer the contents of our freezer to a friend’s house, power came on at 3:30 p.m.

Thirteen hours of no electricity reminds us of how dependent we are on it. I thanked God that thirteen hours was all we had to be deprived of our usual routine and comforts.  Today, clean-up continues around town and everyone has power. I’m still enjoying my Sabbath Moments being grateful for being spared much worse in the middle of the night.

Spiritual Reading and Spiritual Directors


At World Youth Day in Madrid Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed St. John of Avila as a Doctor of the Church. I had never heard of him or his writings. It turns out that much of his work hasn’t been translated into English, but his greatest work for the laity, John of Avila: Audi, Filia (The Classics of Western Spirituality) is a treasure we can access thanks to Sister Joan Frances Gormley. It’s my new spiritual reading and I’m finding it as exciting as the writings of the other great saints I’ve explored.

Master Avila, as he was called, was a major figure of the spiritual renewal of the Church in sixteenth century Spain. His sermons converted Francis Borgia who became Superior General of the Jesuits and was later canonized. He was associated with many of the great saints of his time, but while we have heard a great deal of St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, St. John of God, and others, St. John of Avila has not been nearly as well known outside of Spain. Perhaps that will change.


As Thomas Dubay, S.M. wrote in Seeking Spiritual Direction: How to Grow the Divine Life Within, if you don’t have a spiritual director, you can get it from the saints. I’m adding St. John of Avila to my group of spiritual directors that include St. Francis de Sales, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Therese of Lisieux, Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and others.

After having read so many of them, it’s easy to identify the things we must do to be better followers of Christ. What’s more, the formula can be boiled down to the two Great Commandments and pursuing the perfection of them in our daily lives. If we keep this in mind and don’t lose our focus we will become holier and more charitable, more like Christ. As St. John the Baptist said in Jn. 3:30, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” That’s what a good spiritual director helps us do. Why not include St. John of Avila amongst your spiritual directors by reading Audi, Filia?

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Saturday, June 29th, 2013 Sabbath Moments

9 Comments to Sabbath Moments

  1. Living in Florida, I have experienced these power losses many many times. I know how you felt! Glad all went well.
    I will have to look into reading St John of Avila. I have not had a spiritual director for many ears now. I have a spiritual companion. Not the same thing, but helpful. And I read the saints, too.
    I am working on an ebook about spiritual direction. I am excited about it.
    Thanks for joining me in Sabbath moments!

  2. colleen on June 29th, 2013
  3. Make that many YEARS now not ears!!! lol

  4. colleen on June 29th, 2013
  5. I’m looking forward to your book on spiritual direction.

  6. barb on June 29th, 2013
  7. That storm sounds quite frightening. Praise God you’re all well.

    Can you imagine? Two Saints from Avila. Must be quite a place!

    God bless.
    Victor S E Moubarak recently posted..Faith

  8. Victor S E Moubarak on June 29th, 2013
  9. Yes, God’s grace poured out all over Spain in the 1500s.

  10. barb on June 29th, 2013
  11. I have never heard of this saint, but it sounds like we would connect with each other. So often we focus on the negative rather than the positive in the spiritual life rather than He is increasing in me, joy bubbles up more frequently,peace deepens and love grows stronger everyday

  12. motherofnine9 on June 30th, 2013
  13. Melanie, your comment explains why the saints I’ve mentioned are so helpful to us. They knew they were sinners but they also knew that God was there to help them. They arduously sought His will. That is what brings joy because to seek God’s will and do it brings an increase in charity and life in the Spirit who gives His fruit of joy.

  14. barb on June 30th, 2013
  15. Barb, it’s wonderful how you find blessing where so many see only woe. Things not being worse is indeed a blessing as is getting through and going on with God’s help. Jesus at our side lightens the load and how I tend to forget He’s there.

  16. joann on June 30th, 2013
  17. My age and infirmity keep reminding me to seek God in everything. Of myself I am helpless and each day is a reminder of that.

  18. barb on June 30th, 2013

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