Despite good intentions, it has become ridiculously challenging for me to find time to post here. For a few months, I’ve been praying about what to do–I’ve even prayed about letting the blog go entirely! Only now can I see a bit of light of how the Lord might be inviting me to continue blogging here. I enjoy writing the blogposts, and even more I really appreciate how this blog helps me to stay connected with what makes me a better writer.
Today on the Feast of the Epiphany, we were blessed to have a good friend of our community, Bishop Richard Lennon, celebrate Mass with us. He gave a wonderful homily which I won’t repeat here (too bad I didn’t record it!), but which highlighted the importance of letting the mystery of Christmas touch our hearts and fill us with wonder. It’s a message I always need to hear, because so often I let myself get too busy about too many things. But in this time of transition, it has special resonance: I think I’m so focused on the basics that I have missed a bit of the spirit of wonder in both my spiritual and writing life. So as 2014 starts, I’d like to focus a bit on living in a spirit of wonder. How can I make 2014 a Year of Wonder? All of the things I thought of imply my daily prayer commitment and a deepening of faith on a personal level, but I thought I’d share here the results of my brainstorming (not in order of importance):
- Start every day thanking God for the gift of this day
- Catch the sunrise a couple times a week
- Shift my perspective on the challenges I’m facing: instead of seeing them as occasions for suffering, try to discover what I can learn from them
- Renew (or return) the focus of my life on my relationship with God as often as I need to, so that I can keep it there
- Take time to write my blog (and other projects) that help me to reflect more deeply on what I’m living right now
- Ask Mary, the Queen of Apostles (Queen of communicators), to live her spirit of “treasuring” her experiences and “pondering them in her heart” (cf. Luke 2:19)
How do you cultivate the spirit of awe and wonder? I’d enjoy hearing your suggestions in the comments below!