We can't seem to shake off the old song to provide space that rings in the new. There is too much emotional baggage and a hectic schedule of events that leads to distraction. It usually takes 'til Valentine's Day for us to get oriented, let alone reoriented for the future. And let us not forget the Super Bowl hype that keeps us focused out there in entertainment land with hardly a moment to reflect upon what is really important in here (our hearts).
Back in 1997 it was all so very different, but it was only as a result of my being unaware—being open to God's good grace without really knowing it. He was about a work and I was an unsuspecting ball of clay in His hands. Grace perceptive, Grace receptive, Grace reflective, is how I have come to appreciate what was happening to me back then.
He planted Wee Three Seeds at timed intervals that "September of My (early) Years." (By planted I mean I knew these words did not originate in my mind—for they seemed strangely animated)
When the effects of these three seeds reached maturity in my analytical mind, it was as if a silver pointed bullet had pierced my forehead. I could jettison past trappings and seek the future relatively unencumbered.
It was the beginning of the most incredible year of my life.
It was the beginning of spiritual maturation—a journey in the Spirit—seeking the Light of Jesus Christ and living for the Triune God.
|Our Lady "Frame of Reference"|
The Blessed Mother played a key role in this odyssey. When I finally came around to seeing that she alone was to be the "frame of reference" for any future relationship with a woman, it made all the difference in the world.
So, if 2011 already seems Old Hat to you, may I suggest that you ponder this off the top of the head, incomplete lyric:
And there’s a hand my trusty friend!
And give us a hand o’ thine!
Sincerely yours in Jesus and Mary,
Become like Jesus
Live for the Triune God
Seek the Light of Our Lord Jesus Christ
See you on the High Ground!
* - J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R. stands for:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph;
O Beata Trinitas;
St. Michael, St. Gabriel and St. Raphael