Friday, June 13, 2008

Words for a New Day

A new day dawns, full of fresh mercy from God. Here is a small portion of today's readings that caught my heart.

From St. Anthony of Padua, whose feast we celebrate today:

The man who is filled with the Holy Spirit speaks in different languages. These different languages are different ways of witnessing to Christ, such as humility, poverty, patience and obedience; we speak in those languages when we reveal in ourselves these virtues to others. Actions speak louder than words; let your words teach and your actions speak.

I've always wanted to speak another language but have faltered in my attempts at French and Spanish. Perhaps this is a language that I may learn to speak well? Thank you, St. Anthony, for helping me to see it this way.

From a psalm of King David, who excels at expressing his own heart, as well as the heart of God:

Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will proclaim your praise;
for you do not delight in sacrifices: if I offered you a burnt offering, it would not please you.
The true sacrifice is a broken spirit: a contrite and humble heart, O God, you will not refuse.

Contrition destroys walls that keep me from true union with God, and humility keeps them from being rebuilt. Brokenness is a beautiful place to be, for it is in that place we know we truly need God.

"Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:3)

1 comment:

Christine said...

King David is an inspiration for sure. He never lost hope in God even though he failed many times.

His Psalms always uplift me when I am down.