Through mass, the Ignatian Examen and mental prayer, our understanding of our relationship with God continues to develop and transform
In true Hope, we walk with Jesus helping to carry His cross and knowing that it is only through Him that we may one day bask in the light of God’s face. Every small suffering, frustration or regret is opportunity for relationship with Him.
Reconciliation with God must take place outside the confessional too, within our relationships. This might seem impossible to do while dodging those passive-aggressive shots from brother John or Aunt Sally. If nothing else, hearing our salvation history in mass readings during this period should remind us that God really is bigger than the bad attitude of our in-laws!
Like the Prodigal Son, our own expectations become a barrier to both receiving and giving love. We expect others to love us beyond their capacity, their brokenness. And too often we don’t think about their similar expectations of us.
A priest once explained why God put the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the garden. I hadn’t ever thought about that…why did God put something right in their face if Adam and Eve weren’t allowed to have it? The answer: it gave them the opportunity to choose to love God.
Two problems occur in the spiritual life: we don’t understand it, and we don’t know where we are headed! The Devil’s in the Castle by Dan Burke solves both problems.