Pondering … Monday, April 22

English: A Discalced Carmelite nun sits in her...

Meditation. Ponder on the good things, whether you understand them or not.

A Rosary Meditation … The third Joyful Mystery, the Nativity. “And Mary kept in mind all these things, pondering them in her heart.” Luke 2:19. There was a lot about the birth of Jesus that people didn’t understand. We probably know more about it now than they did then. We’ve 2,000 years of theological hindsight while they stood in the middle of the forest making it hard to see the trees. But Mary, as always, sets our example. There are lots of things hard to understand. There are things that don’t need to be understood. They require faith, not understanding. But whatever category things fall into its good to tuck them away in our hearts and ponder over them. How to do that? Well, we’re doing it right now. The Rosary and meditating on its Mysteries is a wonderful way to imitate our Mother. And when you consider that this gift of the Rosary came from God through Her it becomes very obvious that this is the way we are to copy her here. Thinking about the things of God, whether we understand them or not, and we’ll never fully understand them, makes them a part of our lives and so gives the Holy Spirit opportunity to make certain things clearer to us, to give us personal insights that might not mean much to anyone else but that will help bring us along on our journey towards Heaven and closer to Jesus. Lets ponder that for a while.

Today …

Bl. Maria Gabriella Sagheddu

Bl. Maria Gabriella Sagheddu

The Patroness of Ecumenism, Blessed Sister Maria Gabriella Sagheddu was a Trappist nun. She was born in Sardinia in 1914 and died of tuberculosis in the Trappist monastery of Grottaferrata in 1939. Because of her spiritual devotion to Christian unity, she was beatified by pope John Paul II in 1983. Think about what she must have thought about in regards to Christian Unity. The coming home of so many who, well-meaning as they are, find themselves removed from full fellowship with Christ’s Church because of bad decisions made not by them but by others hundreds of years ago. Now her pondering clearly went deep. She, like Mary, is a good example of a proper mindset regarding things understood or otherwise and our meditating on them.

Quote … “For the rest, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever modest, whatsoever just, whatsoever holy, whatsoever lovely, whatsoever of good fame, if there be any virtue, if any praise of discipline, think on these things.” The Apostle Paul, Philippians 4:8.