Epiphanies tend to be private events. Most of us keep our personal experiences of the Holy to ourselves. They are impossible to communicate fully and they usually flow out of the journey of our lives. According to their story, the Magi had a long, difficult journey. “And when they came and knelt down, they only did what they had in reality always been doing during their search and journey: they brought before the face of the invisible God now made visible, the gold of their love, the incense of their reverence, and the myrrh of their suffering” (Karl Rahner). They encountered their truth and saw, they went back, and their lives could never be the same again.
May I continue on my journey of discovery and transformation.
How can I translate my personal epiphanies into my daily life?
On entering the house
they saw the child with Mary his mother.
They prostrated themselves and did him homage.
Then they opened their treasures
and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod,
they departed for their country by another way.
Then you shall be radiant at what you see,
your heart shall throb and overflow.
Whatever you do, you need courage. Whatever course you decide upon, there is always someone to tell you that you are wrong. There are always difficulties arising that tempt you to believe your critics are right. To map out a course of action and follow it to an end requires some of the same courage that a soldier needs. Peace has its victories, but it takes brave men and women to win them.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
You don’t create your mission in life – you detect it.
Trust in what you love, continue to do it, and it will take you where you need to go.
Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we have learned here. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and the acceptance of love back into our hearts.
It is a mistake to try to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.
A bend in the road is not the end of the road unless you fail to make the turn.