A note from my retreat

Just found this scrawled, uncharacteristically for me, in the back of a book -

When we meet God face-to-face, it is always a moment of grace,
but too it is a moment of judgment for us.
Judgment day, then, can be any day, any time, any particular
moment of an hour.
And so our death can happen many times,
a process of conversion, a process of turning to.
We die to ourselves, die to a particular sin or attachment,
and begin again, turning toward.
We no sooner die to one thing that we immediately
attach and live to another,
and judgment will come to that, too.
Sacrament of confession
hastens our dying and our rising,
the dying to the old self,
the rising to the new,
always, always, toward Christ.
Toward oneness, completion.
The Whole.
Life is a process of Incarnation.
Our reality, our wholeness, our completeness
in this world comes
through repeated offerings which we receive or refuse.
The Eucharistic Christ contributes to this formation, this process.
He enters us, we welcome Him.
One flesh.
My whole woeful life just begun, again.

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  • Maggie45

    Took my breath away. Thank you.

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  • Pamela Husted

    Now that is what is known as a “God-shot.” What an incredible inscription–obviously divinely inspired. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • http://gmsplace.com GM Roper

    Some posts make my heart sing. This has been one of them.

  • MJ

    Powerful!! Thanks for sharing.

  • http://todustyoushallreturn.wordpress.com Aaron

    Beautiful words. Thank you.

  • Bender B. Rodriguez

    Sounds Benedictine (the pope, but maybe the saint as well).

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  • Frances

    What divine timing. I was listening to a homeschooling mom of 6 today confessing to how frustrating it was that she did not get to do what she wanted when she wanted. She said she caught herself resenting the demands placed on her and realized that this was the very work God called her to: dying to self to serve those he entrusted to her. It was startling to me as a single person but so edifying. I can’t wait to share your inspired thoughts with her. Bless you for sharing that.

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