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Parish Nursing Bulletin



Palm Sunday/Passion Sunday

Over the last few weeks, we've been retracing Jesus' Lenten journey of deep reflection on God's will for His life. This Sunday has always been a kind of schizophrenic day for me. Do we rejoice with the unknowing crowds, waving palms and crying "Hosanna!"? Do we sorrow with Jesus who has listened to God's voice and is now facing the hardest week of His life? And what does this story mean for me in my life? The following meditation gave me some insights that I hope will be helpful for you, too.

"You must be holy in the way God asks you to be holy. God does not ask you to be a Trappist monk or a hermit. He wills that you sanctify the world and your everyday life." St. Vincent Palloti

When we get interested in spirituality, few of us have any intention of getting carried away with it. We don't consider ourselves holy. We want simply to make use of the power we have learned is available to us for the asking. But once embarked on this spiritual journey, we find that something is required of us. The love, the peace, and the joy that come to us - we have to pass on.

This, however, does not mean we have to completely change our way of living. In fact, those of us new to living a spiritual life are advised to make no major moves at all. Maybe sometime in the future we will be called upon to turn in a different direction, but for now it is enough that we "brighten the corner where we are". If we submit ourselves to God's guidance in our everyday life and see where it takes us, we will be doing all we need to.

I can live spiritually in the simple acts of daily living.

From Hazelden Meditation Series
"In God's Care"


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