One Day at a Time

A Rosary Meditation: The Fourth Sorrowful Mystery, The Carrying of the Cross.

“And take up his cross daily, and follow me.” Luke 9:23.

We get all caught up in future tense, don’t we? What if tomorrow … ? Or next week, or next year, or … I’ll share a little story here, told me by my Grandad years ago. It goes like this …

During the Great Depression my grandparents set up housekeeping in an empty cabin in the woods. They didn’t have much, but they did have a cured ham which my Grandad hung from a rafter, trying to keep critters away from it if any got in the house. Well, one day my Grandad came home to find Grandma setting on the side of the bed, holding their new baby, their first, in her arms bawling her eyes out. So Grandad asked her what was wrong. She said: “One day Naomi (the new baby girl) is gonna be all grown up and she’ll get married and have a baby of her own. And she’ll bring the baby over to visit and it’ll be playin’ on the floor …. SNIFFLE! SOB! … And, and that rope ‘ll break and the ham ‘ll fall on the baby and kill it!”

Well, now you know something about the folks that raised me. ūüôā Anyway, this meditation is short, direct and to the point …

“Be not therefore solicitous for to morrow; for the morrow will be solicitous for itself. Sufficient for the day is the evil thereof.” Matthew 6:34, Douay-Rheims.

Just a thought … The last time you worried about tomorrow, what changed? I mean other than the loss of today? Jesus never asked anyone to carry tomorrows cross today.

 

Never stop looking for … (?) … Monday, September 16

A Rosary Meditation … The Fifth Joyful Mystery, the Finding in the Temple. Jesus got “lost”. Of course He knew right where He was and exactly what He was doing, but Mary and Joseph didn’t know that. So they had to go looking, with all the near-panic and worry that went with a lost Christ¬†Child. It occurs to me that even Godly children can be a headache for their parents. Do you think Mary and Joseph were worried? They lived in a¬†country over run with foreign invaders, under what amounted to martial law. They¬†knew what it was like to be second class citizens in their own native land. (As an aside that I feel obligated to share, with being second class citizens in your own homeland in mind, you might like to take a drive through a U.S.¬†reservation sometime. They don’t all have casinos.)¬†They saw and experienced first hand the treatment that came with these circumstances. And then of course there were robbers, not to mention people, some of them their own people,¬†who would steal a person if they could and sell them into slavery. Then, as now, there were accidents. People get sick suddenly, they get hit by cars. People no doubt got rundown by chariots. The list goes on. Were they worried? You better know they were. Being human goes right along with being a saint and having the faith it takes to move mountains. Which means that rather than set on our hands while wringing them in worry we go do what needs to be done anyway.¬†Like Mary and Joseph did. It’s ok to be human, and¬†its normal, up to a point, to experience things like worry. If we didn’t have emotions and reactions like this there would be something wrong with us and it wouldn’t be healthy any more than going off the deep end is healthy. So we’re human, which means there will be things we’ll need to work through. But for a Catholic working through these things in faith the “working through” always does one thing specifically. Or it¬†can if we’ll let it. We’ll always end up finding Jesus in the Temple. Because while we’re looking and “working through”¬†with faith, even if there’s some worry and panic involved, He’s waiting for us.

St. Cornelius

Today … St. Cornelius was Roman priest. Cornelius was elected Pope to succeed Fabian in an election delayed fourteen months by Decius’ persecution of the Christians. The main issue of his pontificate was the treatment to be accorded Christians who had apostasized during the persecution. He condemned those confessors who were lax in not demanding penance of these Christians and supported St. Cyprian, Bishop of Carthage, against Novatus and his dupe, Felicissimus, whom he had set up as an antibishop to Cyprian, when Novatus came to Rome. On the other hand, he also denounced the Rigorists, headed by Novatian, a Roman priest, who declared that the Church could not pardon the lapsi (the lapsed Christians), and declared himself Pope – the first antipope. The two extremes eventually joined forces, and the Novatian movement had quite a¬†following in the East. Meanwhile, Cornelius proclaimed that the Church had the authority and the power to forgive repentant lapsi and could readmit them to the sacraments and the Church after they had performed proper penances. A synod of Western bishops in Rome in October 251 upheld Cornelius, condemned the teachings of Novatian, and excommunicated him and his followers. When persecutions of the Christians started up again in 253 under Emperor Gallus, Cornelius was exiled to Centum Cellae (Civita Vecchia), where he died a martyr, probably of hardships he was forced to endure. If the life of any saint ever sounded like fertile ground for drama this one’s does. But he worked through it all with faith, didn’t he. And Who was it that he found at the end of his journey?

The Path to Sainthood … Never stop looking for¬†Love.

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