Sabbath moments are a way of taking time to rest in God, to enjoy God in silence or in nature. The word sabbath comes from a Hebrew word meaning “cease.” And that is what we need to do sometimes, cease our activity and live in the moment and breathe in God. Joining with Colleen at Thoughts on Grace
While on a journey to visit one of her convents, a donkey threw St. Theresa of Avila into a stream of freezing cold water. Standing in her water-logged, heavy habit, she yelled at God,
“If this is how you treat your friends, no wonder you have so few!”
The spiritual journey is intense and hard but if we keep a sense of humour, don’t take ourselves too seriously and stop meddling in God’s business, the journey becomes much easier. A friend of Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk, once asked him if it was possible to tell if a another person had truly undergone inner transformation.
“It is very difficult to tell but usually it is accompanied by a wonderful sense of humour.”
I am excited to be part of God’s work on Earth. Discovering that it is possible to become Christ’s presence was an epiphany for my husband and I about 25 years ago. The resurrected life is not just for a few saints. Every normal Christian should shout with St. Paul,
“No longer I that lives but Christ that lives in me.”
If this journey is so exciting, why do so many Christians suffer from anxiety or depression?
Well, there is the fact that we most often turn to God to radically heal our lives when we are desperate to change. Usually we have exhausted all other avenues because, let’s face it, who wants to die to our false little selves that we have taken so long to build? In addition, the process of transformation is unsettling. God must shake us out of our old habits, melt rigid mindsets and shine light into our inner, secret, dark closets. Dying to our old selves is hard on our entire system including emotions, bodies, mind and spirit. No wonder the spiritual journey is often called the Dark Night of the Soul and the Dark Night of the Spirit. ( St. John of the Cross).
Humour, the ability to laugh at myself and not take myself too seriously, puts the whole process of inner transformation into perspective. If I am self-centered instead of God centered, everything becomes intense and dramatic. When I take my eyes off myself my faith, my religious practices, my spiritual ‘progress’, and look at my Saviour, everything comes back into the proper perspective. This inner healing is God’s work. Christ calls all of us to surrender, trust and receive; receive the Light of God, surrender my inner darkness and trust in the power of Christ’s Love to redeem me. Period.
The whole process of inner transformation is His work, not mine. I am simply a child of God, gazing into His face and looking only to Christ to save me. I wait in joyful expectation and watch His work unfold within me. Oh yes and laugh at myself.
Melanie Jean Juneau serves as the Editor in Chief of Catholic Stand. She is a mother of nine children who has edited her kid's university term papers for over a decade. She blogs at joy of nine9 and mother of nine9. Her writing is humorous and heart warming; thoughtful and thought-provoking. Part of her call and her witness is to write the truth about children, family, marriage and the sacredness of life. Melanie is the administrator of ACWB, a columnist at CatholicLane, CatholicStand, Catholic365 , CAPC, author of Echoes of the Divine and Oopsy Daisy, and coauthor of Love Rebel: Reclaiming Motherhood.
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