Most dear to me...
How may you respond if someone asked what was most dear to you in your life? As we THINK more of how Sunday informs
our being and identity it may be of worth to consider how do we seek proximity to our beloved? St. Therese of Lisieux (1873-1897) pens of her most dear...
"The big feasts did not come along so often
but there was one most dear to me, and it came every week-SUNDAY, our Lord's own day, a wonderful day, a day of rest." (p. 25 The Story of a Soul)
Far Away-Find Places Nearer
While reference is to the feast it is in relationship to her beloved savior, Jesus Christ. She goes on to write "I remember we had to leave our place because it was so
far away from the pulpit and go all up the nave to find places nearer." This is a practice to reconsider. Rather than sitting afar in the Church, gather up front! There are plenty of seats! When listening to the word of God when we
move forward, others can be invited to join us! Move in or motion to others to sit beside you! Such as it is when we gather for a meal we sit comfortably together around the table listening attentively, passing the water, the bread, the prepared
dishes and enjoying hearing well. As we gather in unity on Sunday we seek to be near to God and his people.
St. Therese wrote that
when it was not Sunday she felt an exile: "But to come back to my Sundays: these wonderful feasts, which used to pass so swiftly, were not untinged with sadness, and after Compline my happiness gave way to a certain pensiveness. Tomorrow I would
have to go back again to my daily routine and my lessons; I felt an exile again and longed for Heaven, my true home, where it would be always Sunday." (p. 26)
Will you reach out to someone today to mirror the joy
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