The beauty on the outside is only a glimpse of something greater still in the inside. Inside the church building we will find the tabernacle, and with the eyes of faith we truly see the presence of Jesus. Do we believe?
In the midst of all the chaos in the last four months, have we stayed focused on Jesus? I don't know about you, but I will admit that I have found myself getting discouraged quite frequently because it seems like "normalcy" will never return. I will also admit that not having access to the celebration of the sacraments has been difficult. This whole experience has reminded me of the importance of the sacraments in maintaining my personal prayer life. Since everything flows from the Eucharist, it is only natural to notice upheaval in numerous areas of life when that flow is disrupted.
"Could you not watch with me one hour?" (Matthew 26:40)
As I do my spiritual check-up for the second half of 2020, I realize it is well past time to realign some of my priorities. Item number one, watching one hour with the Lord in prayer has to become regular practice again. In these troubling times for our world, prayer cannot take a back seat to anything. Unfortunately, I have failed in this area lately. Conversion truly is a lifelong process. Please pray for me. Pray for your family. Pray for one another. Be assured of my prayers for all of you. Stay strong in the Lord!