"...age of anxiety..."
Hello everyone. I hope you are well and staying safe. By now I am sure you either received information from the Cardinal's office or caught the news speaking about the Archdiocese planning to open up churches. Here at IHM, we have already been leaving the Church open for private prayer as well as giving out the eucharist for those who would like to receive, especially when they are in prayer. We are getting ready to a slow opening with as much safety measures in place as possible. I am going to rely on our parishioners who are medical professionals to help us come up with a plan. I am so happy we are going now in the "opening up" direction, but please be patient with me and the staff as we follow proper protocols and directives. I promise to keep you up to date on a regular basis. Again, I am so happy that we are moving in this direction.
Have a great day, I leave you with a fine quote from Richard Rohr, OFM. He is a leading Catholic writer on spirituality. This quote is taken from his book,
The Wisdom Pattern: Order, Disorder, Reorder.
Our age has been called the age of anxiety, and I think it’s probably a good description for this time. We no longer know where our foundations are. When we’re not sure what is certain, when the world and our worldview keep being redefined every few months, we’re going to be anxious. We want to get rid of that anxiety as quickly as we can. Yet, to be a good leader of anything today—to be a good pastor, a good bishop, or, I’m sure, a good father or mother—we have to be able to contain, to hold patiently, a certain degree of anxiety. Probably the higher the level of leader someone is, the more anxiety he or she must be capable of holding. Leaders who cannot hold anxiety will never lead us to anyplace new. That’s probably why the Bible says so often, “Do not be afraid.” I have a printout showing that the phrase appears 365 times—one for each day of the year! If we cannot calmly hold a certain degree of anxiety, we will always be looking for somewhere to expel it. Expelling what we can’t embrace gives us an identity, but it’s a negative identity. It’s not life energy, it’s death energy. Formulating what we are against gives us a very quick, clear, and clean sense of ourselves. Thus, most people fall for it. People more easily define themselves by what they are against, by who they hate, by who else is wrong, instead of by what they believe in and whom they love.
—from The Wisdom Pattern: Order, Disorder, Reorder by Richard Rohr, OFM
on Friday, May 22 at 1:23PM