April 26, 2016

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives do I give it to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid."
John 14:27

As some of us return from a weekend thinking about rest and peace, I have to say the return to the world has hit me hard. Even though I took off of work yesterday, I still ended up having to call in and check my email over a scheduling kerfluffle. The reorientation I had experienced over the weekend was already being challenged. Today at work has been one mishap after another.

It's a tough balance to strike, caring about doing your job well but not letting it define you or control your emotions. I'm not really that good at it yet! But I try to think of it as a school of abandonment. Learning how to abandon my pride, my ego, my expectations about how my day will unfold, week in, week out, are the ways God is trying to make me more holy. It's not fun (as Fr. Bonaventure said repeatedly in the retreat's closing homily on Sunday, "It's hard, but it's going to be ok"). But if we never ran across any challenges, we would be much worse off for it.

I pray that you are each getting through your week with perseverance, grace, and love.

Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, pray for us!

Frassati NY