IN THIS ISSUE
From the desk of
Fr. Louis Studer, O.M.I.
The Way of Lights
Christ is Alive...
Finding God in
Healing & Hope
Why Do We...
Finding God in Ordinary Things:
All of us have memories of Christmas lights from larger bulbs and bubble lights to mini lights and the wheel-of-color spotlights that brightened our aluminum trees.
What gets us through this tangled maze of physical tasks and emotional turmoil is our faith in God. Even if we are too spent to pray, we know that God is beside us and helping us untangle the knots and renew our lives and relationships.
There are also times when the spark seems to have gone out of our lives. A burned out bulb is affecting everything we do. We may no longer find joy or satisfaction in our job or volunteer work. We may feel distance growing in our relationship with our spouse, a close friend, an aging parent, or an adult child. Change is needed. But what?
At these times, we turn to God in prayer. We may also seek God’s help through others, even a professional. Again, it is our faith in God that enables us to persevere despite the dead ends we encounter and the obstacles in our path. God gives us hope.
Sometimes we feel as if life has brought us to our knees. We may have suffered the loss of a loved one, our job, our career, our independence. We are forced to move backward—to crawl before we can walk again.
At other times, life forces us to take risks—to climb to rooftops, to reach out. Whether we are moving to a retirement or assisted living home, enrolling in school to build a new career, getting married, or giving birth to or adopting a child, we are stepping out into the unknown and taking risks.
And God is there with us as we crawl or take risks. God clears our path, holds the ladder, shouts out warnings and encouragement, catches us when we fall, leads us back on track.
Just as Christmas lights brighten the darkest days of winter, God brings light into the darkest moments of our lives. This is what we celebrate at Christmas. This is what we depend on every single day.