Wednesday, January 05, 2011

New Year and Old Hat?

J.M.J. + O.B.T. + M.G.R.*

The real problem with the New Year is that it is already old before a single week has passed.  Resolutions rarely last even this long. Auld Lang Syne is just too is a self fulfilling prophecy.  Or is it?

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)

1. "You can't take it with you."
2. "It's just stuff."                   
3. "Out of sight, out of mind." 

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:

Wee Three Seeds
(to the melody of We Three Kings)

Wee three seeds to orient are
Gifts from God that serve from a far.
Light that guides us, gently chides us
Seek the True northern star! 

"You can't take it
with you, he said."
Get those hard rocks
out of your head...
"It's just stuff"
(the Spirit won't die).
Fill the voids
with goods from on high...

 "Out of sight,
out of mind" is Key
When it's bundled
makes one from three...

(To be continued...someday)

And there’s a hand my trusty friend!
And give us a hand o’ thine!

Sincerely yours in Jesus and Mary,
Mike Rizzio

Imitate 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

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