The Desire of Mary Magdalene

You will notice that as long as Mary stood gazing into the empty tomb and looked at the angels, Jesus stood behind her and concealed himself from her . . . our Lord God hides himself from those who are busied with creatures, absorbed and distressed about created things. The moment the soul turns away from them and goes in search of God, then God reveals himself.

Whosoever longs for the sight of God must soar aloft like a star, and must have an aversion for all transitory things…
— Fr. John Tauler, O.P.


My email is full of people who are really anxious
, or distressed, about the state of our nation, the state of our press and the state of the world. Most particularly, people seem to be very distressed about what they feel is a needlessly played card that seems to many to be an invitation to test us.

Well…the world is in charge of the world. The creatures are being creatures. Keep seeking Christ, and do not be afraid -even if you are failing at it all, failing at love, otherwise being less of a Christian than you desire to be- keep seeking Christ, and do not be afraid.

“If in all things thou seeketh Jesus, doubtless thou will find him.”
– Teresa of Avila

I may have a second piece up later, but will not be looking at emails until this evening.

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  • DeLynn

    Keep seeking Christ, and do not be afraid -even if you are failing at it all, failing at love, otherwise being less of a Christian than you desire to be- keep seeking Christ, and do not be afraid.

    This is a word to live by. Excellent.

  • newton

    Believe it or not, I didn’t think of e-mailing you about this, but I had sort of a “revelation” on Easter.

    For months after my husband’s grandmother’s death, I have been a bit anxious about death itself. It paralyzed me a few nights in bed. Then, I stumbled on to the comments on a thread related to Good Friday when someone said something regarding the soul before resurrection. Something to the effect of “When we die, our souls are at rest and we just become a remembrance in the mind of God, and when He calls us to rise, we rise.”

    That didn’t sound so great, IMHO. It smacked me of Joseph the son of Jacob, when he told the cup bearer whose dream he had interpreted, “Remember me when you return to Pharaoh’s court, that I might go free.” Poor Joseph, counting on the former prisoner’s pity on telling Pharaoh of his existence. He could have waited his whole life to get out of that jail, only to be freed by a “remembrance” before he fell dead on the ground. No purpose fulfilled. Thankfully, the story ends in a different note.

    That being a metaphor for the state of our soul after we die, a “remembrance” on God’s Mind, made me even more depressed – worse than Joseph. Forgotten to the universe, to everyone I ever knew, darkness and silence, counting on the mercy of a “remembrance”… And my soul still in prison… Depressing.

    Then, at Easter Sunday service, while the pastor preached about the significance of the Resurrection, and pointed out about our souls being in the Presence of God at the moment of death, a thought came to my mind. That one crucified thief next to Jesus, who said, “Jesus, Lord remember me…” He seemed to have thought the same thing as Joseph before the cup bearer. Maybe the thief would be in the “Mind of God” after he died.

    Yet Jesus’ reply was illuminating: “Verily I say unto you. Today you will be with Me in Paradise.”

    He didn’t say, “Don’t worry, chap. I’ll remember you in the Kingdom of Heaven while your soul still languishes in its prison. One day, I’ll tell God about you, and He will call you up from the grave, soul and all, and you’ll be fine.” Nope. He said, “I’m going to Paradise, and you will be there with me. Today. Not when I remember you before God. Today.” And he said it in a way that you can guarantee He took the thief with Him as soon as he was dead.

    That put a smile on my face. The moment I die, Jesus will take me to His Kingdom – to God’s Presence. I’m not going to be a “remembrance in God’s Mind” while my soul languishes in a spiritual prison, in a way similar to Joseph. I will be present in His Halls. What a wonderful thing!

    Praise God in Heaven!

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  • Russ

    According to the Telegraph, the Obama Admin’s new nuclear strategy will “rule out the need to develop low-yield “bunker-buster” nuclear weapons for penetrating underground targets.”

    I guess that’s going to make Achmedinijad’s day!

  • http://vita-nostra-in-ecclesia.blogspot.com Bender

    people who are really anxious, or distressed, about the state of our nation, the state of our press and the state of the world

    Well, it is the first time I’ve had to include in Confession things like anger, frustration, and rage over the way things have been in our nation these last several months, including Obama’s latest blame-America-first gambit (we are the bad guys for even having nuclear weapons), and topping all that off with the vicious and malicious hate that is being directed toward our great and loving Pope.

    More and more, the words of Spe Salvi are showing themselves to be the most timely and needed. Yeah, it’s bad and it’s going to get worse still, but while it may be painful, ultimately it does not matter. While in Obama, our nation may be damned, in hope — true hope — we are saved.


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