March 16

Reflection

The easy thing is to run away from life. To face the elements of the day and to keep on going takes a peculiar kind of courage. It is in dailiness that we prove our mettle.  The temptation is to put down the hard parts, to escape from the heat. Staying where we need to be is the real stuff of holiness. We run from place to place and do not recognize God in the hum drum of the day to day. We give our souls no rest and find them dying from spiritual starvation. Every day the contemplative makes a new beginning and tries again to plumb the meaning of life. To be contemplative we must remember to begin again, day after day, to turn dailiness into time with God.
Adapted  from Joan Chittister, OSB

Prayer

In the morning when I rise; with a steadfast heart I will follow your commands, all the days of my life.
Psalm 1

Action

Practice faithfulness to the responsibilities of each day. Remind yourself from time to time that you live in God who is present.

Suggested Readings

Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?
Psalm 139: 7

God is love; and they that live in love live in God, and God in them
John 4:16.

Be here now.
Ram Dass

Your true home is in the here and the now.
 Thích Nhất Hạnh

We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face…we must do that which we think we cannot.
Eleanor Roosevelt

Great opportunities to help others seldom come,  but small ones surround us every day.
Sally Koch

Problems may only be avoided by exercising good judgment.
Good judgment may only be gained by experiencing life’s problems.
Jim Stovall

Happiness consists of living in the dailiness of life and not knowing how happy you are. True happiness comes of not knowing you’re happy.
 E.L. Doctorow

 

 

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