Sabbath Moments

August 10, 2013

Awareness of God

Awareness of God

Welcome to Colleen’s Saturday meme. Join us with a few of your own Sabbath Moments too.

Rain, bees, and swallowtails

Rain, rain, rain most of this week. We are now over 20 inches above normal which is great for the aquifers and the water table but bad for the poor folk who are flooded out of their homes. Last year many people in our area experienced the inconvenience of their wells running dry after two years of severe drought but now they have plenty. The garden has turned into a jungle and with a few hours of sunshine here and there, we’re seeing vegetables start to flower again. This week I’ve spent some Sabbath Moments listening to the thunder and rain, seeing more bees appear, and the first blue swallowtail butterfly flitting about the front yard. Every year the growing season is an adventure to see what God has in mind.

A rebuke from St. Therese

This morning my Divine Intimacy meditation was on prudence. Father Gabriel wrote,

Supernatural prudence is that virtue which suggests to us what we should do and what we should avoid in order to reach the goal we have set for ourselves.

He tells us that if we want to get to perfect union with Christ we must perform acts of charity and generosity without recoiling from the sacrifice. I am reminded of the times since I was a child that I groaned either outwardly or inwardly at having to give up what I wanted to do in order to obey my mother or to answer the call of someone in need, such as my husband or a neighbor. My mother’s favorite phrase to us when we were kids was, “Offer it up!” That evil concupiscence in me still rebelled even if I went through the outward motions.

Today I’m so glad she said those words because as an adult the discipline of doing not what I wanted but rather what God wanted has served me well. That doesn’t mean that I don’t feel like groaning anymore when I have to give up what I want. The temptation to procrastinate or avoid now becomes a trigger that reminds me I must do God’s will cheerfully and somehow it is easier to go forward with my duty.

From today’s meditation we also have the words of St. Therese which surprised me because they contain a rebuke to a fellow sister that we can all benefit from.

St. Therese of the Child Jesus said to a religious who told her that she disliked doing a certain act of charity which required a great spirit of sacrifice, “I would have been glad to do it, since we are on earth to suffer. The more we suffer, the happier we are. Oh! how little you know about regulating your affairs!”

Yup. That would be me. Thank you, Lord, for St. Therese!

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Saturday, August 10th, 2013 Sabbath Moments

9 Comments to Sabbath Moments

  1. Great sabbath moments. I am so glad you are having lots of rain! I love watching it and listening to it.
    I need to remember what St Therese said here. Offer it up with joy. I tend to grumble.
    Thanks Barb! God bless!

  2. colleen on August 10th, 2013
  3. Another great post full of wisdom Barbara. Thanx. God bless you.
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  4. Victor S E Moubarak on August 10th, 2013
  5. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  6. motherofnine9 on August 10th, 2013
  7. We’ve been enjoying rain in Albuquerque. The radio gardening guy said, “Eight inches a year is our norm. You just don’t want to be here on that day.”

    Into each life rain falls, and truth be told, God blesses us most at these times. I so pray that our dear Lord wake me up to the areas in my life that are like dead spots in my garden of want of care. I know how blind I am.

  8. joann on August 10th, 2013
  9. I’m with you, Joann.

  10. barb on August 10th, 2013
  11. My oldest is constantly giving us the bellyache look when we ask him to do something. It makes me smile to read this and think that he’s practicing a life skill. 🙂
    Kathleen Basi recently posted..Sunday Snippets

  12. Kathleen Basi on August 11th, 2013
  13. Life skill it is. Raising saints is difficult.

  14. barb on August 11th, 2013
  15. Great post, Barb. I remember complaining when I was growing up and had to do what I didn’t want to, either. Thankfully, I’m mature enough as an adult to know that God’s way is so much better than my own way, even if it is “inconvenient” to me at the time. 🙂

  16. Carol@simple_catholic on August 11th, 2013
  17. Those inconveniences are tough, aren’t they? But what a great way to obtain grace. Sometimes I feel like I’m going to the dentist, though. I don’t want to, know it’s going to hurt, but feel better when the job is done.

  18. barb on August 11th, 2013

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