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Message from the Rector

September 20, 2020

 

Dear People of God,

Seasons change and the seasons of our lives also change.  However, God is always loving and prayer is an opportunity for God to get my attention…………and change me. Keep reading…

“Once a man was asked, ‘what did you gain by

regularly praying to God?” The man replied,

‘nothing…but let me tell you what I lost:  Anger,

ego, greed, depression, insecurity, and fear of

death.’ Sometimes, the answer to our prayers is not

gaining but losing; which ultimately is the gain.”

 

Thomas Groome wrote a book several years ago entitled, Educating for Life. Groome succinctly says, “Spirituality is not necessary like food or drink, but in the sense that without tending to our souls we live less humanly. Humans are spiritual beings. To neglect our spirituality is to be less than who we are. There is even a danger in not caring for our souls. If the innate desire for God is unmet, the temptation is to allay it in other ways – fame or fortune, power or prestige, work, drugs, or alcohol. None will satisfy, and when we make such substitutes a ‘god,’ they destroy us. As the French mathematician Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) wisely wrote, ‘There is a God-shaped hollow in the human heart that nothing else can fill.’ “

 

A vibrant spirituality leaves a foundation for integrating all the bits and pieces of our lives, keeping us to live a whole and balanced life.  As believers, we seek to connect the mystery of God with the mystery of our lives.  Yet, our lives were stunned into shock, disbelief, horror, and myriad questions after the horrific terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.  A man told Newsweek magazine, “I don’t know what to tell my child because I don’t know what to tell myself.”  Of this I am sure – We need God.  I’ll say it again – We need God more than ever!

 

The words of the following poem may help us seek the Lord in simple ways we never imagined.

The man whispered

“God, speak to me.”

But the man did not hear.

So the man yelled,

“God, speak to me!”

And thunder rolled across the sky

But the man did not listen.

The person looked around and said,

“God, let me see You.”

And a star shone brightly

But the man did not notice.

And the person shouted

“God, show me a miracle.”

And a life was born,

But the person did not know.

So, the person cried out in despair,

“Touch me, God. Let me know you are here!”

Where upon God reached down and touched the person.

But the person brushed the butterfly away and walked on.

I will conclude by saying everything is God’s Blessing even if it is not packaged the way we expect. And reflect upon this thought…Make sure you test positive for faith. Keep your distance from doubt, and isolate yourself from fear. Trust in God through it all.

Amen!

 

Fall Blessings,

 

Fr. Greg

 

P.S.  GO CHICAGO BEARS!

 

 

 

 

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