Freedom of Heart

Freedom of Heart

Have you ever tried to grasp a handful of sand? It slowly escapes from the crevices of your hands. You are attempting to hold onto it, but in the act of grasping, you lose it. This is what happens when our heart is pulled down by an attachment. Being able to identify any attachments in our hearts is important for any kind of discernment so that we receive fully His abundant graces and have the freedom of heart necessary to say “yes” to God’s will, as Mary did. Though the thought of attachment might inspire aversion, it’s not as foreign to our human nature as we might think. In the story of original sin, for example, we see Adam and Eve trying to grasp at the good things in the Garden. However, attachment is more than simply experiencing pleasure in something,...

Stronger than death

Stronger than death

“Thus says the Lord God: Look! I am going to open your graves; I will make you come up out of your graves, my people, and bring you back to the land of Israel. You shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and make you come up out of them, my people! I will put my spirit in you that you may come to life, and I will settle you in your land. Then you shall know that I am the Lord. I have spoken; I will do it—oracle of the Lord.” – Ezekiel 37:12-14 Yes, I will open your grave. Yes, I will open and uncover everything that awaits redemption in this tomb of yours. The odor of your humanity. The tatters of a love never fulfilled. Your bones, dry and brittle. The dust of your daily toil. I have no fear of your tomb. I desire to enter into this place that...

Behold your Mother

Behold your Mother

Saturday is traditionally held as a day of devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, and today on Holy Saturday, this day of most sacred silence and meditation, we can turn our eyes to Mary as we continue to let the Paschal Mystery penetrate us.  Last night in John’s Gospel we heard Jesus’ poignant words from the Cross: “When Jesus say his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, behold your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Behold, your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.” It strikes me that the Gospel does not say, “Jesus said to John, ‘behold your mother'” but rather “Then he said to the disciple…”. The reason that Jesus can give me His mother is...

The Goodness of Good Friday

The Goodness of Good Friday

On this Good Friday, there is much goodness for which we can give thanks. This is the only day of the year in which the Church does not celebrate the sacrifice of the Mass, but rather the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion. And though the Eucharist is not celebrated in the same way as it is on the other 364 days of the year, I think that precisely for this reason the agapic (sacrificial love) dimension of the Eucharist emerges today with greater force. We do not officially reserve or adore the Sacred Species today, there is no consecration because we do not celebrate the Mass but rather venerate the Cross; but we are invited to become living tabernacles ourselves in today’s liturgy when we receive Jesus’ Body in Holy Communion. The seeming absence of...

Without Stain

Without Stain

A meditation by Elena Martinz “Is it true that God forbade you to eat the fruit of the tree of knowledge?” The voice came from an undefined point. The voice was different from that of her Father. He did not seem to want to ask a simple question, but rather question something. He could have very well added “but come on, you can’t be serious!” It seemed that the stranger wanted to gossip. The girl did not answer. Why would she reveal to a stranger something that did not concern him? The voice became more insistent: “Come on I don’t want to hurt you. It was just a question. A curiosity, let’s say.” The girl turned around, thinking she had heard a rustle. She would never have revealed anything, just for curiosity’s sake. There was no...

De-cide: the art of cutting away

De-cide: the art of cutting away

How did Michelangelo create the David? The David is one of the most famous statues created by an artist who is a household name. Why is that? These are questions that have been handed down through the ages along with the fame of this man and his statue. They are similar to another question that every man encounters in his heart: what is the purpose of my life? Vocational discernment – discovering how the Lord is inviting one to love fully and completely – and Michelangelo have a lot in common. The answer to how Michelangelo created the David and how to discern God’s will for one’s life is the same: cutting away everything that is not the David. Vocational discernment is like Michelangelo sculpting the David. It takes time to learn how to listen to the voice of...