Friday, October 23, 2015

Oct. 23, 2015 Friday: St. John Capistrano

Oct. 23, 2015 Friday: St. John Capistrano

[Jesus] also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you immediately say, ‘It is going to rain’; and so it happens. And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat’; and it happens.” LUKE 12:54–55

We have to be aware to learn the lessons experience has to offer. For example, when a baby cries in a certain way, we recognize it is time for a feeding. Or when we feel angry, we know we may explode and speak inappropriately or stuff our feelings and become depressed, resentful, or vengeful. Or when loneliness connection and becoming more alienated from our heart. Or when we are tired, we find ourselves less patient, more irritable, less respectful, more intolerant of others.

When we become aware of the signs that lead to dysfunction, imbalance, or hostility, we know we need God, our source of peace and love, more than ever. We intentionally turn to God in prayer rather than allowing our human reactions to control us. As we develop our prayer practice, we learn to see signs of God’s presence in every situation and become more deeply in tune with the presence of God in each moment. We discover that we ourselves are a sign of God’s presence to others when we take the time to come back to our center and allow God to guide our thoughts, words, and actions in the way of love and peace.

Ponder: What signs alert me that I need God’s help in the moment?

Prayer: Lord, I am grateful that you let me lean on your wisdom, strength, and love. Help me to be aware of the signs of your presence everywhere I go.

Rev. Warren J. Savage & Mary Ann McSweeny