Meditation is an ideal way to pray. Using God's word (Lectio Divina) allows me to hear, listen and reflect on what the Lord wants to say to me - to one of his disciples - just like He did two thousand years ago.
The best time to reflect is at the beginning of the day and for at least 15 to 30 minutes.
Prior to going to sleep, read the Mass readings for the next day and then, in the morning, reflect on the Meditation offered on this website.
I hope these daily meditations allow you to know, love and imitate the Lord in a more meaningful way.
God bless you!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Holy Saturday

“I can’t imagine life without my daughter!” That’s what she said. That’s what a very young mom told me when she found out her daughter was gravely ill. She was devastated, beyond consoling. Just two years ago she was contemplating aborting her child. She was only seventeen years old and very much frightened by the challenges she faced. “I can’t raise a child now! I’m not ready for this. I can’t do this.” And now, two years later, she was willing to die for her child. “Lord, please take me before you take her… Please! Do not take her away from me. I can’t live without her. I love her so much. I can’t imagine living my life without my daughter. Please Lord; don’t take my baby away from me.”

As I walked out of the emergency room, I was going over and over again in my mind every word that was said by her. It didn’t make any sense. This young and single mother’s life would be so much less complicated without her daughter. Her expendable income would increase significantly. Her chores and obligations would be cut in…half. She would be able to live just for herself. Her evenings would be free. Her weekends would be fun. Now the Lord was giving her all she wanted. He had provided her the perfect excuse to get back on track; to finish College and to get on with her career. He would take her daughter and she would be free.

Of course, I never mentioned any of these horrible thoughts of mine to her. This logical exercise was for me. I was trying to understand her thoughts, the world’s “thinking” and the paradox of life. Regardless of what the so-called experts in “planning” think or say, life doesn’t work that way. We don’t work that way. Only distant people can think like that. Only horrible people can act that way.

Well, I am pleased to say that this young mom fought for her daughter. She stormed heaven and earth with prayers and promises. A week later, her prayers were answered and she has kept all her promises. She received a special grace and will not doubt again. Today, she considers herself the luckiest woman alive. Why? Because she was brought to her knees and was forced to wake up and smell the stench of her weaknesses. She had been dragged to stand before God and she felt her tininess. She was locked in a tiny room, the room of her tiny thoughts, and wept at the most horrible and gruesome of thoughts. She came face to face with her arrogance and vanity. She could now call them by their proper name: sin. Alas, she closed her eyes as if dead and awoke to the warmth of the risen Son.

What to do on Holy Saturday. What should be my sentiments on this day? What should I be thinking about today? I think we should be forcing ourselves to experience what the Apostles experienced: loneliness and loss; that is, the loss of a loved one and the loneliness of selfishness. I think we should be thinking what the Apostles kept thinking; that is, the constant reliving of their mistakes, mishandlings, and other pathetic little thoughts and actions that were far too big for them and far too little for Jesus. We should re-enact their lives in that locked upper room and detect the stench of fear that filled it, the blame that enflamed it, and the doubts that engulfed it! By doing so, I think we will come up with the same conclusion that they came up with: We need you Lord, more than ever! Only you can save us! Only you can love us!

I think today is the best day to do some exercise and get some good solid cleaning and sweeping done. Let’s work out all those thoughts that keep popping into our brains. You know which ones I am referring to…the “why me...” the “why now…” and the “what if’s…”

I am not asking that you fill this day with sentimentalism. I am asking that you fill this day with gratitude and love. No matter what you are doing, you can do this. In fact, it would be better if you do this while you are busy at work. For example, while you are in the kitchen preparing for tomorrow’s feast, think of what life would be like if you had nothing to prepare…because there was no one to prepare it for. Or while you are cleaning your house and fixing the game room, think of what life would be like if there were no toys because there were no children. Would it be easy or would you be fibbing? Rachael wept because her children were no more.

Think of it like this: love manifests itself best through sacrifice. If there were no meal to prepare, no mess to clean, no bill to pay, then there would be no love to give. Sacrifice is an essential ingredient that invigorates the heart to love. If I do not know how to sacrifice for someone, then I do not know how to love anyone! This is what selfish people tell me. This is what my selfish heart does to me.

We need you Lord, more than ever! Only you can save us! Only you can love us!


  1. I can't believe you mentioned sacrificing for someone you love today!!

    My 82 year old mother just asked me to drive her 4 hours to see some relative that she may never see again and I am dreading it.

    And it's going to take up 4 of my days!

    I hate going there. It's all old people that only talk about food, the weather and whomever is not there and play cards.

    I am the only person who has the freedom to take her so I guess I should be grateful for that luxury. And I should be grateful that I can spend this time with her before she's gone. And I should be happy to sacrifice for her. After all she sacrificed for me plenty.

    I suck! What an awful selfish daughter I am!

    OK, I'll take her and I'll TRY to get over myself and TRY to enjoy it and be pleasant and present while I'm there.

    No I'm not going to try. I'm going to do it. I know trying is an excuse for not doing it.

    I wish I hadn't read your blog today. I could have gone on my merry way feeling self justified with the minimal amount of guilt!

  2. OMG! I just got home from the Easter vigil at St. Ann, yes it is 2AM. They know how to throw a party!

    It was amazing. You could feel the rock being rolled away from the entrance of the tomb, with the sound of the music!

    There were 94 people welcomed into THE CHURCH!

    And the bet part was the consecration. When Father held up the Body of Jesus, I wanted to jump up and say, "JESUS IS BACK IN THE HOUSE!", but I didn't, (probably a good thing)

    Last week someone said to me that Easter wasn't the same with the kids grown. He was sad.

    My thought was NO, it is 1000 times better now that I am in love with Jesus. He went through hell on earth for me and for you. He showed me a love that I cannot even fathom.

    It used to be all about the eggs and the candy and all that stuff, but now its about HIM.

    The last three days summed up our whole faith. The last three days is what it is ALL about to be a Christian. Without the last three days, there would be no Christians and we would not have the opportunity to spend eternity with him.

    OMG, I am so filled with joy that I cannot sleep. Maybe I should have had the wine instead of caffeine. Oh well good thing the kids are grown! I can sleep in!


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