Change can happen. And living in the present moment is the key. The key to finding God and oneself and other people.
And it happens almost without effort. I used to beat myself up over not being able to do what I should or wanted to do. But now, the change comes because I’m being changed from deep within! By God.
Change happens by letting go. By surrendering by giving up our own will.
Nonetheless, every day, as my house wants to get dusty, I want to think: I was the one who accomplished this! And then I go back to prayer. And I realize, and rejoice and give thanks, that it is Jesus’ love that is doing the transforming.
Editor’s note: In this issue I would like to reflect on my own journey as a priest and then my experience of the Church and the priesthood today. A major theme here is my deep love of the sacred liturgy which I try to live “in season and out of season.” As we prepare for the coming feast of Pentecost I invite you to be aware of the movement of the Holy Spirit in your own life as well.
Rejoice with dear readers! This May 24th I give thanks to Jesus for granting me the gift of serving as his priest for 40 years. It’s an astonishing thing really, when you consider that I have carried it through 31 years of manic depressive illness with all the vagaries of life which that rocky road affords.
My prayer is looking forward as I reflect on these years: We need a New Pentecost in the Church these days. We need to have the windows flung open once again, as Pope John XXIII did fifty years ago and let the mighty wind of the Holy Spirit shake us up. No! We need a hurricane to blow through us.
Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
This is the Easter part of the Paschal Mystery of Jesus. If the last Arise was about broken pots and fragile humans, about surrender and dying to self, this issue is about the dawning of a new day, about waking up from our mediocrity , about gathering strength, enthusiasm and exuberance for life, about finding and building community and being empowered by the Spirit of God instead of the power of money and greed and hate. I will tell you the story of my own Easter this year for I believe that “what is most personal is most universal.” Here’s the story . . .
Easter, doesn’t always come on Easter, but, if you wait awhile, it always comes
Here are my thoughts on my priesthood written on the occasion of my twenty fifth anniversary of ordination on May 24, 1994. I am not quite sure what I’m going to write for my fortieth; that depends on my courage and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. I hope you will look for it later this May 2009 Remember, I have a different perspective on priesthood -- perhaps a truer perspective than many priests are willing to admit.
For one, I am a wrier, and two, i have viewed it as they say, "From both sides now."
Here’s what I wrote in May 1994 . . .
Unless a grain of wheat dies...
The Mystery of Human Suffering
Lent 2009: Be in solidarity with those who are suffering
2009: A Call for Courage and Community for All Americans
Advent hope for us and our country | pdf version
Living in the Present Moment
Figuring it out all over again
Being thankful; being appreciative
Whatever happened to sin?
In the fullness of time
The Mystery of Silence
Jesus the Gate of spiritual world
Touched by an Angel
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