November 16, 2013
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This week I’m working on getting back into the groove of participating in Sabbath Moments. Sometimes life events throw us off our mark and we can get pretty scattered instead of focused. In the past month a couple of friends have needed quite a bit of attention. Please pray for them in their need.
For 9 years, since I became disabled, we’ve been receiving help with light housework from the county office on aging. Several weeks ago we were told that they were going to stop our service because they added a financial means test and we are over their very low numbers. The newspaper ran an article after we went to our state rep for our county and we will be working with him to see if we can correct the situation since many seniors are getting kicked out of the service we all need.
When this service started 12 years ago, those founding it knew they were going to run out of money but did nothing to make it sustainable. It is tax supported and they think they will be able to raise taxes to keep it going. Not happening. Hubby and I are now up to our necks helping our rep address this issue and to determine what can be done to make the program sustainable. I’ve spent a lot of Sabbath Moments praying about this situation and putting it in the hands of God.
I thought I was finished with activism of any kind, but the good Lord has other plans, it seems. This is a situation that is affecting many seniors negatively and we can’t wait for Somebody Else to step up because he is just a figment of the imagination.
God’s way of giving grace in our vocations
In Meditation #76 of Divine Intimacy Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalene, O.C.D. talks about religious, priestly, and consecrated in the world vocations. I think what he says also applies to all the baptized, including those called to married life.
There is nothing static about vocation, not even on God’s part, because, adapting Himself to our nature, He calls us in a progressive way. If we are faithful to His first invitation, others, increasingly pressing and definite, will follow, which will bind us more and more to our divine Master.
Basically, there is but one call to the priesthood, the religious life, or consecration to God in the world; but God, through the various circumstances of life, and especially, through new occasions for sacrifice, repeats this invitation more precisely, more definitely, each time letting the soul see how far the gift of self must be extended in order to reach the plenitude of its consecration. If the soul is faithful, and answers these progressive calls generously, God will continue to send new invitations, which will open up wider and more luminous horizons, until the soul lives its consecration in a perpetual renewal of fervor and love.
This meditation reminds me of St. Paul’s exhortation to the Colossians: All whatsoever you do in word or in work, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, giving thanks to God and the Father by him (Col. 3:17). Really, this old lady would just love to lie around and loaf, goof off, and let concupiscence take over instead of running off to meetings, helping a friend in prison, or otherwise becoming involved in other people’s lives. But if I am to extend the gift of self and live as an authentic Christian, I don’t get to decide what God’s invitation is at this time, I only get to decide to accept it. Then when I am drowning in stuff I never wanted to do in the first place, I get to make acts of faith, hope, and love and curb my selfish willfulness. Again, as Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta showed us, it’s not about feelings, it’s about directing our actions by our will to the things God asks of us.
The truth is, there will be no end to His invitations until death when we will get our final invitation if we have given of ourselves as He has asked, “Come ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Matt. 25:34). And just in case we try to fool ourselves that we are able to do anything He asks of our own power and start to think how great and wonderful we are, He proves to us through our own weaknesses of body, mind, and spirit that He is the one who bestows the power upon us to do what He wants and who opens the doors to accomplishing His will.
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