Change is Soooo Gooood!

We have a choice. We can make a change.

Change is soooo gooood, but only when you are ready to accept it, right? Wrong. It’s a time for change. Honestly, when isn’t it a time for change? It’s inevitable in life, a little bit like death. Saddening but true.

We have a choice. Change can wreck havoc on our lives, or we embrace it, move with the waves, and find our place in the mess. Will we give ourselves excuses to sit in the background, complain about the circumstances, and wish for the past? Or will we dump our attention in the unknown for our growth and benefit?

I have found change to bring an array of emotions, the type of emotions that bring many different levels: happiness, emptiness, loneliness, overwhelming grief, happiness, another level of emptiness, anger, and then peace. These feelings are normal and let our minds adjust to the change, but they shouldn’t overwhelm us. They are good and natural, but will only hinder our personal growth. Life is full of twists and turns and there’s time to grow, but why waste a moment?

Accepting Change When We Can’t Control It.

Move with the tide. If we can’t adjust to our surroundings, we won’t personally grow.

It’s okay to fight the change, but only with solid convictions. If you don’t know why you’re fighting change, then it’s probably not worth the battle.

Find your life line. Who brings you joy and peace? Who calms you down? Don’t go at this alone – find your peach, the person who listens and supports you, but doesn’t get you more agitated.

Not all change appears positive, but there will always be a lesson to learn.

Last, but not least – Love Life! This sounds cliche, but we only get one chance at this. Are we making the most of the time with ourselves, our families, our friends, and the strangers who need our smile and humor. Embrace the change. Love the change. Because Life is Worth Living!

A Call to a Deeper Faith

Lent is one of those times of the year, when the days seem longer, the food options are less appealing, and the promise of spring and the Resurrection are so very close. How many times has a Lenten season passed without barely batting an eye. We may follow the observance of no meat on Fridays, the removal of the Gloria at Mass, and giving up the usual sweet treats. But how many of these traditions are by habit rather than from the heart?

The 2020 Lenten Season may have appeared to begin the same as every year prior. Yet, quickly things changed which were beyond our control. Things that deeply impacted all of our lives, whether we wanted to participate in the initial hysteria or not. When it came down to it, we all were handed a more sacrificial Lent than ever imagined. (Our imaginations are not very broad as adults.)

Now we are called to something much deeper, something greater than our own surface Lenten practices. For many of us in the US, we have never been void of the sacraments, especially of the Eucharist. Out of despair comes greatness. The greater the suffering, the greater the reward. We have been called to Faith! A renewed sense of the sacred not only in our personal faith, but in the Eucharist. Our Lord has never left us, not even after His death, as he remains in the tabernacle waiting for us day and night. Yet, our actions speak louder than our words. Our attendance at Mass, sometimes for love, but other times through duty. We have now been given an opportunity to closely examine our lives, our daily actions that are sometimes ignored as our lives tend to resemble one hectic roller coaster ride. God has not only forced us to slow down with self-quarantine, to focus on the family, to think about others who may be in need, to pray for those who are sick, but to examine our own souls. Let’s not waste this time with a surface examination, but truly ask ourselves if our actions would change if this was our last day, our last week, or last year. Ultimately, do we truly prepare our souls for the coming of Christ in the Eucharist every Sunday. Do we preserve the sacredness and mystery of our Faith?

Let us renew our faith and hope towards the Truth – the sacredness of the Faith. We do not want to die and have to admit that the Lent of 2020 was wasted, that we only found time to wallow in our personal miseries. Rather, we hope to see all of the good we have achieved for Christ through our daily prayers and sufferings in this Lent.