Week of December 8, 2019
“Finding God in Myself and in Others: One of the discoveries we make in prayer is that the closer we come to God, the closer we come to all our brothers and sisters in the human family. God is not a private God. The God who dwells in our inner sanctuary is also the God who dwells in the inner sanctuary of each human being. As we recognize God’s presence in our own hearts, we can also recognize God in the hearts of others.. Because the God who has chosen us as a dwelling place gives us the eyes to see the God who dwells in others.
When we see only demons within ourselves, we can only see demon in others, but when we see God within ourselves, we can see God also in others. When we pray, we will increasingly experience ourselves as part of a human family infinitely bound by God who created us to share, all of us, in the divine light. We are brothers and sisters, not competitors or rivals. We are children of one God, not partisans of different gods.
To pray, (that is to listen to the voice of the One who calls us) the “beloved” is to learn that that voice excludes no one. Where I dwell, God dwells with me and where God dwells with me I find all my sisters and brothers.” (Henri Nouwen)
This week I want to draw your particular attention to the many opportunities to “welcome” our Savoir through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. In our bulletin this week you will see the various Advent Penance Services being offered within our ACC and in the St. Cloud area. St. Peter and St. Paul in particular are offering our penance services this week: Tuesday, December 10 at 6:30 pm at St. Paul and Saturday, December 14th at 1:00 pm at St. Peter.
Henri Nouwen, in our meditation, talks about prayer and how when we pray well, we see God in ourselves and so also see God better in others. If, however, we have some unfinished business with our Lord, seeing God in us, may compel us to also seek God’s forgiveness and so let go of the demons we hold so dearly inside. Only then can we be free to love and release the demons we think we see in others! The Sacrament of Reconciliation does just that, so I encourage everyone to welcome your Savoir in and so experience the true joy this holiday season brings!
Have a peace-filled Advent!