Running the race of life: March 2006

Running the race of life

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Worshipping the Lord as we honor Mary

I was blessed today on this Feast of the Annunciation to worship at Mass with two of my friar brothers at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

It was a very prayerful experience in the Crypt Church where we celebrated Mass with the good people of God. The cantor sang the "Ave Maria" after Communion.

It just hit me like a load of bricks. We honor Mary because she draws us to Christ.

From today's Te Deum:

"You Christ, are the king of glory, the eternal Son of the Father.
When you became man to set us free, you did not spurn the Virgin's womb."
Not only did he not spurn the virgin's womb, he comes to us, in a special way as we celebrate together the Lord's Supper! Praise God.

Running the Race of Life...through a colon?!

I hope I don't offend anyone with this post, but its not often that you can say that you've walked through a colon (yes, thats not a typo)! This is an example of how life can be both very serious and somewhat absurdly funny at the same time.

Today, Brother Gregory and I ran the "Scope it Out 5K Run/Walk for Colon Cancer Awareness". The race of course raised funds to help in the fight against colon cancer. And yes, they had a huge inflatable colon that you could walk through (see the pic). Lets just say it was sort of surreal to see.

The run was great! Up until a month ago, I was dealing with knee injuries but amazingly all pain is gone. We enjoyed being with the 1500 other runners and finishing the three miles!

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Update on the Life in the Spirit Seminar

Last night was our second meeting of the Life in the Spirit Seminar.

The Lord has really blessed us in these past two weeks. We have a wonderfully diverse mixture of people who are gathering simply to grow deeper in their faith. We also have several hundred (no exaggeration) people praying for this spiritual endeavor.

Here's something we sent to our intercessors to give you an idea of how God is blessing us:

Dear People of Prayer,Life in the Spirit Seminar is off to a strong start and many have shared with me heart felt impact of the first Monday night. This is all due to the work of the Spirit, the power of God, and the vigilance of prayerful people on the Internet like all of you. One person sharedwith me how she was only intending on attending one ofthe six sessions, " . . . but if all the sessions are like the first one, I'm not missing this for anything!" Brother Jonathan had this to say afterthe first night,"Thank you to all our intercessors! Your prayers are blessing the Life in the Spirit Seminar. We felt a tangible presence of supportive prayer allowing us to be God's instruments. It was exciting to see about twenty people show up for the first session and others are coming next week who couldn't come the first session.I felt a deep sense of confidence in giving the first talk.When it was mentioned about all the people praying for this Seminar it was obvious that people were moved and felt encouraged."

The grace of God continues to be manifest. Thank you to all who are praying for us!

Back to blogging...somewhat that is

Wow, what a couple weeks! In the past few weeks I've been blessed to be actively involved in three retreats (a retreat for prisoners in New York), my own personal retreat and the Life in the Spirit seminar at school. I'm torn between the desire to spend much time sharing about these experiences of grace and the desire to spend more time in prayer as the Lord has really convicted me. There's no doubt that the second is more important... please pray for me that I can keep it priority. I will try to share some of my experience as well in the days ahead.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Week of Retreat

I'll be heading out today on a week of retreat. I'll be staying in one of the hermitages (see picture) of our T.O.R. sisters community outside Steubenville, Ohio.

I will bring you with me spiritually to pray for you and your needs. Please keep me and others who are on retreat in your prayers. I look forward to sharing about the experience upon return.
May the Lord give you peace!