Twice a month the staff of St. Gregory the Great Church send out a spiritual reflection to all parishioners for whom we have an e-mail address. What follows are the most recent of these reflections. If you would like to have your name added to our e-mail reflection list, please e-mail us at email@example.com, and we will add your name to our listing.
SPIRITUAL REFLECTION – SISTER BARBARA QUINN – APRIL 18
God is Proud of You
I think that God is proud of those who bear a sorrow bravely,
proud indeed of them who walk straight through the dark to find Him there,
and kneel in faith to touch His garment’s hem;
Oh, proud of them who lift their heads to shake away tears from eyes that have grown dim; who tighten quivering lips, and turn to take the only road they find that leads to Him.
How proud He must be of them! He, who knows all sorrow, and how hard grief is to bear.
I think He sees them coming, and He goes with outstretched arms and hands to meet them there, and with a look – a touch on hand or head – each finds his hurt heart…….
This narrative has comforted me many times in the past, so I share it with you. May the risen Lord comfort you in ways that only He knows. Happy Easter!—Sister Barbara
SPIRITUAL REFLECTION - FR. PAUL WACHDORF – MARCH 21
In high school I was diagnosed as needing glasses. When I first got the diagnosis that I needed glasses, my first reaction was disbelief. I thought to myself – I can see just fine. I don’t need glasses. Nonetheless, I ended up getting glasses. And when I put them on for the first time, to my great surprise, I could see clearly – all kinds of things I couldn’t see before.
This experience highlights for me a problem that we all experience from time to time with our vision, both literally and figuratively. We are so sure that we are seeing everything correctly that we don’t know what we are missing. We presume we see clearly, but do we really?
Lent is a time for us to get new prescriptions. Lent is the time to examine the lenses through which we view the world and its wide variety of people. Has our vision begun to get a little fuzzy since Lent of last year? The amazing thing is that even though we are all completely different, we all need the exact same prescription, the same lenses through which to view the world. And our lenses are the eyes of Jesus Christ – the same Jesus who opened the eyes of the man born blind in our gospel for the fourth Sunday of Lent and who wants to do the same for us.
During these last three weeks of Lent, may Jesus give us the grace we need to be able to see as he sees. Through the lens of our faith and belief in Jesus, our world becomes a place of beauty and hope, promise and possibility. And why wouldn’t all of us want to see that.