August 27, 2022

Chew on this cud:  A cow only eats grass yet becomes a nourishing and protein-packed feast for others.  This is a great analogy for the spiritual life.  Indeed, while it can be easy to develop a sensationalized spirituality that is constantly on the lookout for fireworks and ticker-tape parades, it is the simplicity of prayer, quiet time spent with the Father, and attentiveness to our most inward longings that actually makes our lives fruitful and capable of sustaining others on their own journeys of faith.  This is definitely the story of Jesus, the “slain lamb” (Rev 5:6), whose hidden life in Nazareth eventually gave way to Jerusalem where eucharisitc nourishment flowed from his side and has been feeding people across cultures and time periods ever since.  Why not, therefore, experiment for a year?  One hour every night, or first thing in the morning.  Uninterrupted time with our heavenly Father, renewing our inward spirit, being fed with grace on the inside so that our personalities, our thoughts, our intentions, our work, our words, and our very lives might become prime rib for starving souls on the outside.  Ave Crux, Spes Unica.

BONUS POEM, AN ORIGINAL COMPOSITION

2 thoughts on “August 27, 2022

  1. surely had to laugh at the beautiful cow chewinghis/hercud!
    somehow “remeniscing” or “mulling over” works better for me!
    Thank you again for our Voice of Father Moreau!

  2. “My father feeds me vegetables … so that others may feed on me.” Indeed an invitation to contemplate the depth of a well-rooted, non-sensational lived faith. Jesus Christ asks us to illumine others’ journeys, so it is incumbent upon us to live in the light – Christ’s light – first. Thank you, dear Brother Benj.

    “May I be Christ’s pure wheat so that I can be Christ’s pure bread” (paraphrased).

    bdafsc

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